Nationwide Guard troops who had been introduced in to guard Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration as president discovered themselves sleeping in an unheated storage hours after being booted from the Capitol on Thursday, prompting an uproar amongst lawmakers who scrambled to maneuver them again.
The troops had been among the many greater than 20,000 Nationwide Guard personnel who offered safety for the inauguration on Wednesday. They had been relocated on Thursday afternoon to the close by Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Constructing, mentioned Capt. Edwin Nieves Jr., the spokesman for the Washington, D.C., department of the Nationwide Guard.
Early Friday morning, the D.C. Guard mentioned that the troopers had been moved again to the Capitol from the parking storage. Capt. Nieves mentioned that they might take future breaks “close to Emancipation Corridor,” part of the Capitol advanced.
Captain Nieves mentioned that the Guard troops had been briefly moved out of the Capitol on Thursday afternoon at request of the Capitol Police due to “elevated foot visitors” as Congress got here again into session. He didn’t specify what number of troopers had been moved.
The Capitol Police couldn’t instantly be reached for touch upon Friday morning.
Two Guard troopers, who spoke on the situation of anonymity mentioned that that they had been relocated with out clarification and that they had been with out electrical energy, warmth or satisfactory restroom amenities. One soldier estimated that there have been 1,000 troops sharing one moveable restroom outdoors the storage.
“Zero steering on mission, size of mission, nothing,” the soldier mentioned.
The troopers additionally mentioned that their fellow troops had been inhaling exhaust fumes as a result of the storage on the Thurgood Marshall heart was nonetheless in use for parking.
Captain Nieves mentioned that the storage had warmth and restrooms.
Stories of the transfer prompted protests from lawmakers from each events, together with Home minority chief Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, and Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York. Some supplied to accommodate the Guard troops of their workplaces.
“That is unacceptable and should be mounted,” Senator Mark Kelly, Democrat of Arizona, wrote on Twitter.
On social media, some lawmakers mentioned they had been making efforts to maneuver the troops again to the Capitol.
In a tweet, Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, mentioned that he had spoken to the performing chief of the Capitol Police concerning the situation.
On Tuesday, the Pentagon mentioned that 12 Guard troopers had been removed from their duties at Mr. Biden’s inauguration after officers found that that they had written texts and social media posts that made threatening feedback towards political officers.