Virginia refuses to send national guard troops to DC after Trump threats
WASHINGTON: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has rejected a request from US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to send 3,000 to 5,000 of the state’s national guard to Washington, DC, as part of a massive show of force organized by the Trump administration in response to violent protests, according to Northam’s chief of staff, Clark Mercer.
Mercer says Trump’s comments to governors in a phone call Monday, in wh-ich the president said most governors were “weak” and needed to “dominate” the streets, played a role in the decision. “The president’s remarks to the governors heightened our concerns about how the guard would be used,” he says.
Area near White House fenced off after protests: The streets around the White House complex have been shut and are being guarded by a mix of Secret Service officers and FBI agents.
Overnight, a fence was constructed around Lafayette Park and along 17th Street at Pennsylvania Avenue, two areas that have been focal points for protests. Work crews were still at work boarding up businesses in the area and attempting to remove graffiti from federal buildings. (AP)