Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser urged Americans to avoid the city for Biden’s inauguration and participate virtually after last week’s events at the Capitol.
Due to Trump supporters storming the Capitol last week leading to the death of five people, 15,000 National Guard troops will be on hand in addition to a bevy of federal agents to protect Biden as well as former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, who all have committed to attending the event.
Mayor Bowser said her biggest concern was another large group of Trump supporters coming to the city again to wreak havoc next Wednesday.
Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau also said Monday that 10,000 National Guard troops are expected to be in the city by Monday night and more are coming. One hotel has already announced it will be closing its doors for short-term stays around the inauguration.