Democrat Bowser emphasized at a press conference on Monday that she is worried that more violent actors may come to the city on the eve of the inauguration. She said: “If I am afraid of anything, it is for our democracy. Because our country has extremely armed and dangerous factions.”
Bowser said: “Trump will not die on January 20.” Bowser had asked Trump and the Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf (Chad Wolf) to announce the pre-disaster statement in Washington, DC.
Bowser said: “Our current goal is to encourage Americans to participate virtually and to protect the District of Columbia from the recurrence of the violent riots suffered on the Capitol and its grounds on January 6.”
She also asked the Trump administration to cancel public gathering permits between January 10 and 24.
Bowser’s emergency statement requested that more funds be released for the safety of the city’s inauguration. The mayor finally assessed in a letter to Trump last weekend that although the city has safe assets, “without this emergency declaration and direct federal assistance, there will still be a major preparation gap that cannot be filled.”
Bowser said on CBS’ “Face the Country” program on Sunday that she will also ask the Department of Homeland Security to start the “special national security incident” schedule in advance and include the U.S. Capitol in its inauguration. area.
The National Park Service also announced on Monday that it will close the Washington Monument to tourists for more than two weeks, including the inauguration.
The Park Service Department stated, “If conditions permit, public access to roads, parking lots and restrooms in the National Mall and Memorial Park can be temporarily closed to protect public safety and park resources.”
A senior defense official told CNN on Monday that the National Guard troops that have been designated for the inauguration ceremony have begun to arrive and plan to have 10,000 soldiers in the city by Saturday.
A full rehearsal took place in the District of Columbia this week. The official said that in fact, with the intervention of every cabinet department and law enforcement agency, the command center of the Ministry of Justice will become stronger.
There are currently 6,200 National Guard members who have been mobilized after Trump supporters attacked the Capitol last week.
This story has been updated to include additional reports and background information.
CNN’s Ali Main, Gregory Wallace, Pete Muntean and Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.