The U.S. National Guard is sheltering for sleep on the stone floor of the Congressional Visitor Center in D.C. as hundreds of troops are sent to the Capitol in preparation for Joe Biden‘s inauguration on January 20.
At least ten thousand troops of the National Guard will be deployed in Washington by the end of the week, with the possibility of five thousand more arriving to help secure the Capitol area ahead of more potentially violent unrest in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Biden.
It comes after supporters of President Donald Trump led a violent riot on the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to thwart Congress from certifying Biden’s election victory last week.
On Wednesday, Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen warned potential domestic terrorists against further attacks as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office as troops moved in to protect the area.
National Guard members sleep in the Capitol Vistor’s Center on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning
On Wednesday morning, members of the National Guard are pictured sleeping in the Dirksen Senate Office Building
National Guard members assemble in the Capitol Visitor’s Center on Wednesday before Democrats begin debating one article of impeachment against President Donald Trump. At least 10,000 troops will be deployed in by the end of the week
The National Guard has been deployed to D.C. ahead of next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden
National Guard troops are issued firearms at the East Front of the US Capitol on Wednesday morning
Democrats are attempting to impeach Trump after he was accused of inciting the mob to riot. Four Trump suuporters and a U.S. Capitol police officer died as a result.
Another police officer and a Trump loyalist have also reportedly died by suicide since the riot, bringing the total number of deaths linked to the violence to seven.