“Reserving the garage” may be great for classic cars-but for members of the National Guard, it may be disrespectful.
There are reports that the low treatment of National Guard soldiers at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday triggered bipartisan anger among members of Congress and other officials.
After the riots on January 6, thousands of National Guard troops from several states have been deployed to the U.S. Capitol to protect President Biden’s inauguration from violence.
Photos of members of the guards sleeping on the marble floor of the Capitol quickly spread-later they received cribs. Then there was another insult on Thursday: According to reports, members of the guard were suddenly told to take the break to the parking lot instead of the Capitol.
The guards who had been resting in the Capitol between the 1
By Thursday night, Abbott had clearly seen enough.
The Republican governor wrote on Twitter: “I have instructed General Norris to order the return of the Texas National Guard to our state,” referring to Major General Tracy Norris of the Texas National Guard.
Abbott previously opposed reports that members of the Guard were “reviewing” reports of possible “internal” attacks during Biden’s inauguration.
Earlier on Thursday, other Republican and Democratic lawmakers and officials were even more angry.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted about the parking lot report, “If this is true, it would be too far off. I will explore this in depth.”
The National Guard said that during the inauguration, the “plea of innocence” with the believers
US Congressman Elise Stefanik, RN.Y. Tweeted: “This response to our brave and dedicated National Guard is absolutely unacceptable and despicable. The National Guard responded to the service request. We need to seek an answer immediately and we need to resolve it immediately.”
Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema praised the guard members for their “shameless, shameful and incredibly disrespectful” practices.
She tweeted: “We need to fix it, we need answers about how it happened.”
Sinema is one of several lawmakers who provide office access to security guards. At around 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time, she tweeted that members “welcome back to the Capitol tonight. No more garage “.
Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth confirmed that she had made several phone calls and was told: “The Capitol Police apologized to the guards and they will be allowed to return to prison tonight. I will continue to check to make sure they are.”
The National Guard was removed before the inauguration
A guard told Politico that on the day of the inauguration, dozens of parliamentarians took photos with them, shook hands, and thanked them for their services. He added: “Within 24 hours, they were useless to us and banished us to the corner of the parking lot. We felt incredible betrayal.”
Politico reported that the Capitol Police requested that units that had taken up space in the Dirksen Senate Office Building be moved to the garage.
Political news reporter Natasha Bertrand said on Twitter: “After a strong protest, there appears to be action to get members of the guard back to the Capitol and into the visitor center.”
Political reporter Lara Seligman said a guard told her: “All units in the Thurgood Marshall parking lot have been ordered to immediately relocate to CVC.”
The U.S. Capitol Police issued a statement in the report saying: “The U.S. Capitol Police is very grateful for the full support of the U.S. National Guard to help ensure entry and inauguration of the Capitol. The Department of Defense is deeply grateful. Thank them for their support during this time. Service and our strong partnership.”
It went on to say: “The number of people the Ministry of National Defense requested assistance from the National Guard includes a certain number of personnel so that the National Guard can provide troops with at least 12 hours of off-campus rest, and understands that this will be done throughout the process. News The Ministry recently requested that the timetable for the troops be changed so that their working hours do not exceed 8 hours so that they can have more off-campus rest time after taking office.
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A CBS News reporter said on Twitter that the guards only used the garage between long shifts, and only recently did hotel rooms sleep at night.
A spokesperson for the National Guard told Politico: “During the Congress meeting, as the flow of people and business activities increased, the Congressional police asked the troops to move their rest areas. They were temporarily placed in the garage of the Thurgood Marshall Justice Center. , There are heating and toilet facilities. We are still a flexible and flexible force that provides security for the Capitol and its surrounding areas. The Guard is reviewing this requirement so that the logistics and schedule can be adjusted.”
The National Guard did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.