The Pentagon plans to have 10,000 National Guard troops in Washington, DC, by Saturday as troops already earmarked for the inauguration begin to arrive, according to a senior defense official.
The official said the Army is currently working on new requests from the DC government, Park Police and US Capitol Police, so the amount of forces could still grow higher.
On Sunday the actual number could go as high as 13,000 guardsmen at the time of the President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration which will take place on Jan. 20.
There is a full rehearsal with troops this week in DC. The DOJ command center will be extra robust with virtually every Cabinet department and law enforcement agency plugging in, the official said.
Currently there 6,200 National Guard members who already been mobilized in the wake of the Capitol being stormed by pro-Trump rioters.