House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks to her workplace from the House Floor on Jan. 13, 2021 in Washington, D.C. | Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday morning thanked National Guard troops defending the Capitol one week after supporters of President Donald Trump rioted contained in the constructing in an try to dam Congressional certification of the 2020 presidential election outcomes.
Pelosi’s deputy chief of workers Drew Hammill shared a photo of the speaker addressing dozens of troops close to the Capitol’s East Front steps the place scores of rioters converged on Jan. 6. A spokesperson for Pelosi (D-Calif.) mentioned the speaker thanked the troops and their households “for protecting the Capitol and our democracy.”
“Even during this dark time in the history of America, we find reasons for hope. It was my privilege today to personally thank members of the National Guard who are working protect our nation’s Capitol,” Pelosi wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for your commitment to our American democracy.”
Thousands of Guardsmen have been deployed to guard the Capitol in opposition to additional violent protests forward of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration subsequent week. The Pentagon on Tuesday accredited arming troops responsible for security across the complicated with deadly weapons, a call that got here after calls for from Congressional leaders, together with Pelosi.
As many as 15,000 Guardsmen are anticipated to be deployed to the Washington space.
Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), a veteran who suffered accidents within the U.S. Army throughout the Iraq battle, was pictured on Wednesday giving a tour of the Capitol Rotunda to quite a lot of Guardsmen after witnessing them sleeping within the Capitol Visitor Center.