5,000 National Guards To Attend Trump Inauguration Over Murder Plot
by Sean Adl-Tabatabai
January 8, 2017
Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed to the upcoming Donald Trump inauguration after an assassination plot was discovered.
The Jan. 20 inauguration will see 5,000 troops deployed downtown and a massively beefed up security presence surround the President-elect in order to thwart any assassination attempt.
Mayor Muriel Bowser said despite increased security concerns, the city is prepared and ready for the event, she said Friday at a press conference with U.S. Secret Service and other security forces.
“We prepare for the biggest number possible,” Bowser said. Secret Service special agent Brian Ebert said the Washington field office is “well-prepared and ready for this inauguration.”
In addition to the 5,000 National Guard troops being deployed in the city, 3,000 security officers from multiple jurisdiction will also be on the ground, according to security officials.
“My expectation of this entire team is that they have prepared for any and all circumstances,” Bowser said.