Governor Ron DeSantis rejected requests by the Biden Administration to deploy the Florida National Guard in Washington, DC ahead of Biden’s State of the Union address.
“Last week, the Biden administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C. I have rejected this request—there will be no [Florida National Guard] sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union,” the Florida governor tweeted on Monday.
Biden is set to deliver his first State of the Union speech on March 1 in the Capitol building that is already heavily fenced in. Fencing was put up ahead of the speech, and the Biden team had requested that the National Guard be deployed due to the freedom convoy that is en route to Washington in protest of the Biden Administration’s federal COVID mandates.
Last week, the Biden Administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C. I have rejected this request — there will be no @FLGuard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 28, 2022
The Pentagon has also said that it has approved 700 National Guard units to “provide support at traffic control points in and around the District to help the USCP and DC government address potential challenges stemming from possible disruptions at key traffic arteries.”
Fencing went up last week, saying that the Capitol Police and the US Secret Service would be working together for the upcoming state of the union.
“Law enforcement agencies across the National Capital Region are aware of plans for a series of truck convoys arriving in Washington, D.C., around the time of the State of the Union,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has said that they will “ensure that the fencing comes down as soon as possible to restore freedom of movement for District of Columbia residents and the general public.”