The president fully activated the D.C. National Guard, as well as requested National Guardsmen from other states to assist in the civil unrest mission. He also ordered active duty troops to be in the area on standby if needed.
The orders came after rioters looted, defaced monuments, and burned a historic church near the White House on Sunday.
After Trump’s orders, violence in the city dropped dramatically and protests were largely peaceful.
The White House and Pentagon have faced backlash from the left for its role in the civil unrest mission, although military leaders have stressed that National Guardsmen are there to protect human life and property and safeguard peaceful protest.
The D.C. National Guard currently has about 1,200 National Guardsmen activated, and another 3,900 members from other states are or will be supporting, from Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.
Governors in 33 states and D.C. have activated more than 41,500 National Guard members to assist state and local law enforcement in support of civil unrest operations, according to the National Guard.
The National Guard said its civil support missions are generally conducted to assist:
o Supporting civil authorities whose capabilities or capability is insufficient to meet current requirements.
o Protecting the life, property and safety of U.S. citizens. o Protecting critical U.S. infrastructure. o Providing humanitarian assistance during disaster response and domestic emergencies. o Providing support to designated law enforcement activities and operations. o Providing support to designated events, and other activities.
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