The governor controls his own National Guard and accepts or rejects the use of external teams within his borders. However, the District of Columbia does not have a governor, so it must rely on the Pentagon’s approval and instructions.
Hogan said: “Our guards have been mobilized and prepared, but we can’t actually cross the border into the District of Columbia.” “No problem. It took some time and we had to pull it up the flagpole, our general. We talked with the generals in Washington. We have been mobilizing. We have the police there, we are mobilizing the guards, we are just waiting for the call.”
According to the timetable issued by the Department of Defense, Congress ordered the evacuation at around 1 pm. Hogan ordered the full mobilization of the Maryland Guard at 3:47, and at 4:18, Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller approved the evacuation of the state-level unit that was ready for deployment. Secretary of State Ryan McCarthy and Hogan spoke at 4:40 and the troops are expected to arrive the next day.
A statement issued on Friday on behalf of the Army stated that the Maryland National Guard troops arrived in Washington, DC at 10 am on Thursday. “These people are doing other things,” Hogan told Tarper in the explanation, “They have to pack their bags, uniforms, and display them in the armory. We are the first to arrive in this city.”
Jonathan Hoffman, the top spokesperson of the Pentagon, declined to comment on Hogan’s allegations.
Hogan frequently criticized President Donald Trump, who was condemned for his role in Wednesday’s riots.
Hogan said: “There is no doubt that he was the culprit who incited this mob.” “This is a riot. You know, they rushed into the Capitol and threatened to kill the vice president, putting people’s lives in danger. Among them. And he plays an important role in it, plays a huge role.”
Lara Seligman contributed to this report.