Snowy, freezing conditions, and a dearth of protesters across the capital region are not enough reason to reduce the National Guard presence in Washington, D.C., which currently stands at 6,000 troops from 30 states and U.S. territories following the riot on Jan. 6.
“The mission is to go through mid-March as planned,” D.C. National Guard spokesman, Capt. Tinashe Machona told the Washington Examiner on Friday. “We are not aware of any changes to that plan.”
The Guard is scheduled to draw down March 14 with a total expected price tag of $483 billion for the overall operation.
“There is no plan to extend that mission at this time,” Machona said.
Protesters’ handwritten signs with ink smeared by freezing rain call for the National Guard to be sent home. Members of Congress, too, have questioned their need, and some have demanded the threat assessments that officials are using to justify 7-foot, nonscalable fencing with barbed wire around a