More than 2,000 U.S. National Guard troops will continue to protect the nation’s Congress over the next two months.
Soldiers of the United States National Guard continue to guard Congress for another two months. Photo gallery.
Just over two months after the US Capitol was stormed, the area is still guarded by more than 5,000 National Guard soldiers. Just under half of them, 2,300 troops, will continue to protect Congress for the next two months.
Obviously, the Pentagon headquarters approved a request from Congressional police to continue protection.
The Pentagon and congressional police will work to reduce the troop presence as circumstances permit, according to a statement.
The area has been surrounded by tight security barriers since January 6, when hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters forcibly stormed and vandalized the Capitol, forcing members of Congress to flee. Five people died, including a police officer.
So far, more than 300 people have been notified of suspected involvement in the storm.
A warning of a new storm led to the US House of Representatives canceling its sessions on Thursday. Preparedness was greatly increased, but a small crowd gathered and everything went smoothly.