The discovery of an assassination plot has led to the deployment of thousands of National Guard troops to the upcoming Donald Trump inauguration. Massively beefed up security presence is expected to surround the President-elect in order to curb the threat of any assassination attempt, the Jan. 20 inauguration will see 5,000 troops deployed downtown.
A report from the Washingtonexaminer.com highlighted a statement from Mayor Muriel Bowser who said that despite increased security concerns, the city was ready and prepared for the inauguration event that was set to take place in 12 days, Bowser was speaking on Friday at a press conference with U.S. Secret Service and other security forces that are prepping for the big day.
“We prepare for the biggest number possible,” Bowser said. Secret Service special agent Brian Ebert said the Washington field office is “well-prepared and ready for this inauguration.”
Security officials have also reported that 3,000 security officers from multiple jurisdiction will be deployed on the ground alongside the 5,000 National Guard troops that will be deployed in the city.
“My expectation of this entire team is that they have prepared for any and all circumstances,” Bowser said.
Peter Newsham, the city’s interim police chief made it clear that the city is ready for all contingencies and is monitoring social media to track activists and other groups or persons who ar plotting to disrupt the 58th inauguration.
“Some folks that are indicating on social media that they’re coming to shut down the inauguration or the events,” Police Chief Newsham said. “It is something that we will be prepared for.”
The Mayor pointed out that a hooping $30 million will be incurred by the city in the inauguration event, $19 million of the amount has been appropriated by Congress. Bowser also pointed out that the remainder should be reimbursed by the federal government after the event is concluded.