(CNN) — A handful of states antheir District of Columbia are mobilizing approximately 6,200 National Guard members to Washington to provide security for the city after Wednesday’s deadly riots on Capitol Hill, a US Defense official told CNN.
The guards will be activated from the National Guard of Delaware, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, New York and Washington City, the official said. He also added that although the details are still being worked out, the troops will provide security in the city antheir Capitol.
Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said Thursday that in addition to the deployment of thousands of National Guard members, work has begun to erect a six-foot .non-scalable fence. arountheir Capitol grounds. Both measures will be operational at least until next month.
.These personnel antheirse security measures will be in place for at least the next 3days, andnd we will keep all these support mechanisms in place in constant coordination with the Capitol police antheir mayor’s office,. McCarthy said at a news conference. It was referring to the mayor of the city of Washington, Muriel Bowser.
Relief to authorities
The mobilization is likely to provide some relief to local and federal authorities after the deadly riots on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. These escalated after a mob of President Donald Trump supporters forcibly entered one of America’s most iconic buildings.
As the violence escalated, it was Vice President Mike Pence, not Trump, who helped facilitate the decision to mobilize members of the Washington City National Guard to the Capitol to provide more security for the building. The building was closed when the rioters broke into scaling walls, breaking windows and doors and looting offices.
Trump initially resisted deploying the National Guard on Capitol Hill when mobs enteretheir building, according to a family source.
Talks Between Trump and Acting Defense Secretary on the National Guard
Kash Patel, chief of staff to acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, said in a statement Thursday that Trump antheir acting Defense Secretary spoke .several times this week about the request for National Guard personnel in Washington City.. . However, he did not specify whether they were in contact Wednesday when the situation on Capitol Hill spiraled out of control.
.During these conversations, the President communicated to the Acting Secretary that he should take the necessary steps to support requests from civilian law enforcement agencies to protect the Capitol and federal buildings,. Patel added.
Earlier this week, the Trump administration said civilian police would be tasked with protecting federal facilities. However, the Defense Department received requests for additional support from the National Guard on Wednesday, as the situation became increasingly dangerous, a senior defense official told CNN.
Monday, Miller approved an application Bowser to deploy Washington City National Guard forces to the city to support local authorities during pro-Trump rallies scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, although the 340 officers had not been assigned direct order missionsPublicic.
A woman identified as Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer as the mob tried to force their way into the House of Representatives, where members of Congress were sheltering, the Capitol Police said in a statement. Washington City Police Chief RCenterContee said three other people died of medical emergencies during the riots.
CNN’s Alex Marquardt, Alison Main and Jamie Crawford contributed to this report.
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