President Trump on Monday accepted an emergency declaration for Washington D.C., and ordered federal help to enhance the native response forward of President-elect Joe Biden‘s inauguration as fears of potential violence proceed to loom following final week’s lethal riot contained in the U.S. Capitol.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser requested for the declaration order in a Sunday letter to Trump days after a mob stormed into the Capitol and violently clashed with authorities as lawmakers had been certifying Biden’s Electoral College victory. The declaration runs from Monday via Jan. 24.
Biden takes workplace on Jan. 20.
Trump’s order authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to supply help for emergency actions.
“Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency,” the declaration states. “Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding.”
In the wake of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, safety issues have grown over the inauguration amid experiences that armed extremists are organizing for extra motion. The FBI warned that all 50 state capitals may see protests earlier than, on or after Inauguration Day.
“Our efforts are focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals that are inciting violence and engaging in criminal activity,” the FBI stated in a press release to Fox News. “As we do in the normal course of business, we are gathering information to identify any potential threats and are sharing that information with our partners. The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights.”
Biden downplayed any concerns about the ceremony and its traditional location outside the Capitol subsequent week.
“I’m not afraid of taking the oath outside,” he instructed reporters in his residence state of Delaware after receiving the second of two coronavirus vaccine injections on Monday. “And we’ve been getting briefed.”
Trump stated he’ll skip the inauguration ceremony however Vice President Mike Pence stated he will likely be in attendance.
Fox News‘ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.