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VA Gov. Ralph Northam Sending National Guard, State Troopers To D.C.
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Protesters supporting U.S. President Donald Trump break into the U.S. Capitol on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol building during demonstrations in the nation's capital.
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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) will send National Guard members and state troopers to neighboring Washington, D.C., where a group of Trump supporters has stormed the U.S. Capitol building and halted the day’s congressional proceedings.

Northam said he was sending troops at the request of Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, and would send 200 Virginia state troopers along with the National Guard.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said only minutes later that President Donald Trump had ordered the National Guard to respond to the developing situation in Washington, D.C. However, Defense Department and Trump administration officials reportedly told The New York Times it was Vice President Mike Pence who approved the deployment of the National Guard. 

Washington Post reporter Dan Lamothe, citing a Department of Defense official, reports that the entire D.C. National Guard will be activated. The D.C. National Guard consists of about 1,100 people, of which 340 were already on duty at the day’s start, he reported.

The full force of the D.C. National Guard, however, will take several hours to respond, with Lamothe noting that many have other jobs or live in areas well outside the city.

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