As Joe Biden is set to be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, 12 National Guardsmen have been removed from the security mission of the 59th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony that will take place in Capitol on Wednesday. The twelve guards are suspected to have ties with right-wing militia groups and they are allegedly accused of extremist posts on social media.
The security arrangements in and around the Capitol have been beefed up after an attack on January six killed at least five people. The Chief of National Guard, Daniel Hokanson said that 25,000 national guards have been ‘trained for anything and everything’. He added that he wasn’t concerned about any insider threat that might be a trouble to Biden. “We’ve done a lot of work. We’re making sure that our folks are trained and ready for anything they’re going to be asked to do. Our folks are always trained in de-escalation techniques,” Hokanson said.
The development over removal of the 12 guardsmen has come to light after Hokanson had hinted that he isn’t concerned about the entire process. However, the Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said that commanders have been asked to maintain strict vigil on the troops, so any potential threat can be avoided. McCarthy asserted that, “We’re continually going through the process, and taking second, third looks at every one of the individuals assigned to this operation.”
In addition to this, McCarthy revealed that all the guards on duty in the Capitol have been through rigorous training to identify the potential threats, if any. The guards deployed this time for the security of the presidential inauguration ceremony are two times more in numbers than any other previous ceremonies– owing to the violence in the Capitol.
Apart from the 25,000 troops, the Pentagon has also authorised 750 active-duty troops with expertise in nuclear, biological, chemical, radiological and explosive weapons, so security isn’t compromised on any level around the Capitol.