Some House Republicans are pressing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to tell them why National Guard troops continue to remain in Washington, D.C. — and when they’ll be sent back to their home states to help with “real credible threats.”
In an interview with “Fox & Friends” Monday, freshman Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich., said lawmakers have never been briefed on why thousands of troops remain in place more than a month after the deadly Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol.
“Myself [and others] have asked for a briefing as to why we need these troops here,” she said. “We’ve received zero response.”
“Sure does seem like a lot of symbolism over substance,” she added, calling Washington “a ghost town.”
“Just tell me why,” she pleaded. “At the end of the day, just explain to us why we have the National Guard troops … more than [U.S. military troops] in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.”
"They’re talking about sending a thousand more National Guard troops from my state of Michigan [to Washington], for reasons that we don't know," she said. "I would rather put those National Guard men and women to help my constituents in my state help with the distribution of the COVID relief vaccination."
"That, I know, is a credible threat," she said. "This threat over here, I have no idea because we can't even get a briefing on it."
A Fox News affiliate in Washington has reported the National Security Council is asking the Pentagon to help provide support to Capitol Police “at least through Fall 2021” — possibly from the National Guard. About 5,000 to 7,000 troops are expected to stay in Washington until March 12.
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