Citing Varied Issues, Governors Withdraw National Guard Units from Washington DC

In light of recent claims that National Guard troops assigned to protect the Capitol were being sent to a basement garage for long-term rest breaks on the concrete floor, several Republican Governors have decided to pull their units from DC. These GOP governors so far include Ron DeSantis of Florida, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, Greg Gianforte of Montana, and Greg Abbott of Texas.

They have all announced that they are bringing their National Guard troops back home.

 

 

Fox News reported that the “U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) ordered the troops to move their rest area during their 12-hour shifts from inside the Capitol to the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center parking garage,” the National Guard said Friday. That move caused bipartisan outrage at the treatment of the servicemembers.

According to Fox News, Senators Tim Kaine, D-Va.; Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; John Boozman, R-Ark.; and Maggie, Hassan, D-N.H., among other senators and numerous House members, also condemned the situation.

In his announcement recalling his state’s National Guard, Governor Sununu, said the soldiers “should be graciously praised, not subject to substandard conditions.”

“The location for troops’ rest breaks was changed back early Friday, with troops now authorized by the U.S. Capitol Police Watch Commander to take their breaks near Emancipation Hall,” reported Fox.

But this most recent housing issue was not the only concern voiced by the governors, noted Fox News. Governors DeSantis and Abbott decried last minute FBI background checks of National Guard troops for so-called “radicalism” ahead of the inauguration.

That controversial extra scrutiny was considered offensive and left a bad taste in the mouths of many Guard and other service members. To enter any branch of the U.S. military and receive a clearance, all personnel undergo background checks.

Questioning their patriotism, loyalty and integrity as they were being asked to protect the Capitol, really did not sit well with many of the troops I spoke to in DC.

And then there was the question of what they are still doing in Washington after the Inaugural. What is the mission now? And are they really needed? Or is it simply political and security theater, as I have noted previously here and here?

DeSantis called the massive troop effort to protect the Capitol a “half-cocked mission at this point.” Governor Gianforte of Montana, also ordered his National Guard home, simply declaring their “mission complete.”

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Barbara
Barbara
6 months ago

When will Idaho’s governor order the Idaho NG home?

Edward Levy
Edward Levy
6 months ago
Reply to  Barbara

Are the NG from ALL 50 States. They are being used as political fodder. chance of COVID, no bathroom for waste or cleanleness, sleep deprivd and more. I wonder how many of these young souls voted for the people put them in harms way here in AMERICA

Francie
Francie
6 months ago
Reply to  Edward Levy

This was political theater that was also a super spreader. Shame on whoever thought this scheme was the thing to do.

BETTY SALSBURY
BETTY SALSBURY
6 months ago

Every red state should do the same thing…blue states will let their guardsmen stay there and rot

Edward Levy
Edward Levy
6 months ago
Reply to  BETTY SALSBURY

Betty, the only issue I have with your comment, those that you chose to ROT are loyal fellow Americans who do not have a CHOICE BUT TO OBEY SWORN ORDERS. So we do not want our boys and girls to ROT.

Lil
Lil
6 months ago
Reply to  Edward Levy

She didn’t say she wants them to rot, she said the blue states will let them rot.

Karen
Karen
6 months ago
Reply to  Edward Levy

The problem is …there is truth to her comment. They (the blue states) don’t care…

Mia
Mia
6 months ago
Reply to  Edward Levy

She said “will let them”…

Francie
Francie
6 months ago
Reply to  BETTY SALSBURY

Every governor with common sense should bring the troops home.

IvanRider
IvanRider
6 months ago
Reply to  BETTY SALSBURY

The problem is, it’s not even so much the “blue” states; but the blue city thugs that are doing this. They scream that those of us who want due process in elections are “religious wingnuts” – even when religion was not brought up explicitly! But in so doing, said leftist zealots betray their own religiosity. They’ve made the state their church, and their revolution their sacrament and salvation. And so dogmatic are they in it, that all who are not on board, are despised heretics. And therefore, unfit to have a voice.

Which is why, written law be damned, when the majority doesn’t vote the way the thugs want us to, they make sure that only the votes they like get counted. So if Michigan 80% voted Republican, you will never find out. Because 30% of all ballots then vanished into thin air. And of the remaining 50%, 20% get turned into Biden votes by Dominion. And 10% of all votes were definitely for Biden, but then get counted five times.

So in the end, Michigan is about as “blue” as a maraschino cherry. But the cyanide pit that is Detroit won’t tolerate the implications of that. So, laws be damned, they turn the state blue. Time and again. And then, these accursed usurpers dictate the National Guard’s policy. And tell not only the troops; but all civilians who state that they don’t want this: “shut up, peasants!”

pete
pete
6 months ago

Bi-partisan ??? Are you kidding “us.” Whom ordered it in the first place ? Nancy and her
power over reach.

Carlos Wells
Carlos Wells
6 months ago

The “me first” or selfishness of the members of congress is apparent in every part of this situation. There was no concern for the safety of owners of small businesses or homes in the Portland and Seattle areas. Pelosi wanted protection but she sees the guardsmen as servants for the elite who are in congress. After the crisis was over she was content to move them to the servant quarters (the garage). The House of Representatives is filled with liberals promoting that same selfish ideology. They all need to be replaced. We need term limits.

sassyblake
sassyblake
6 months ago
Reply to  Carlos Wells

they all need Primary opposition. If they’re knocked out in their primaries, then we know for sure they are dead in the water and won’t be in the general election. All new faces.

Tigna Harrison
Tigna Harrison
6 months ago
Reply to  Carlos Wells

Pelosi thinks everyone should be her servant! Satan sent her. She is the worst human being ever. She could care less about the American people as she has shown. She wants revenge not unity. All she wants is to destroy Trump and all of his followers. I have never seen such hate in my life. How can people stand behind this bitch. We definitely need term limits, age limits and I believe we need an age limit on the presidency as well. BIden is 78 years old, Pelosi and Feinstein are in their 80’s! Shouldn’t be able to serve in any way after the age of 70.

James B Jacobs
James B Jacobs
6 months ago
Reply to  Carlos Wells

You mean there is no concern for the safety of owners of small businesses or homes in the Portland area by the Congress or the Oregon Governor or Portland Mayor. Trump offered to send the National Guard but they refused. “Just a summer of love”.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
6 months ago
Reply to  Carlos Wells

Well Carlos, we all tried to do what you wanted but everybody else wanted the bench setter do nothings back into their seats to do nothing some more . And who is the party doing nothing. The republicans can’t do anything because of the dems won’t cross the line. They want the repubs to cross the line in their favor and they do just to get rid of Trump. You all will be very sorry you voted fore Obiden.

Jojodmonkey
Jojodmonkey
6 months ago

All republican governors should have withdrawn their Guard by now, if they haven’t they should be charged with criminal neglect!

Oldclimber
Oldclimber
6 months ago

I can guess at the chewing the “aides” got, who “made the decision” to decamp the Guard to the outdoors concrete. “What in Hell’s name were you thinking ? Don’t you know that probably half of our supporters expect you to treat those cannon fodder grunts as if they were actually human. Its a good thing that the Demorat electorate are so stupid, and will forget all about this for ’24, or we would have to fraud even more votes than the last 11.5 million in ’20 “.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
6 months ago

Who were they protecting it from, the Republicans or the Dems.

Lil
Lil
6 months ago

Proud to see my Governor on that list. We don’t need our Guard up there. Having them there is stupid. It’s as if they’re trying to build the narrative that they’re in grave danger from republicans, so insulting.

Sandy
6 months ago

Just what did the President prove with calling out the national guard that you are not a very popular President?

Anna Piwarski
Anna Piwarski
6 months ago

This is horrible. Pelosi needs to accountable for Mop running Capital. And whoever disrespect our men and woman in uniform FBI included needs to face Court Martial. By the way Pelosi is calling for machine guns to be broded to Capital. Evil woman needs to GO NOW.

Jo mason
Jo mason
6 months ago
Reply to  Anna Piwarski

You got that right Anna !!!

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
6 months ago

The Governors should have recalled their Guardsmen, when the baseless “Loyalty” accusation was made by that POS Cohen.


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