On Tuesday, President Joe Biden is set to deliver his State of the Union address to the nation, and precautions have already been taken in advance of the president’s speech.
Multiple hundreds of National Guard troops from numerous states have responded to activation requests, vowing to be present in the capital on March 1 in order to provide enhanced security for the beleaguered president’s first national address.
However, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a staunch Republican and Patriot, has declared that the numerous members of the Florida National Guard will not be present in Washington, D.C. during Biden’s address.
DeSantis notified Americans of his decision via Twitter, when he noted that Biden had “requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington, D.C.” in the past week.
“I have rejected this request,” DeSantis declared, “[and] there will be no @FLGuard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union.”
According to NBC-4 in Washington, D.C., at least 700 National Guard members have already been activated in advance of the president’s speech. Of the 700 members, 400 originate from local reserves, who responded to the D.C. Emergency Management Agency’s request for additional measures to provide traffic control and enhance overall security.
The other estimated 300 members gathered in D.C. for the presidential address include the following: roughly 80 from the West Virginia National Guard; approximately 100 from the New Jersey National Guard; and roughly 100 from the Vermont Army National Guard.
The troops have received approval for remaining on duty in Washington, D.C. through noon on March 7. These approvals do not permit troops to make use of aircraft or other helicopters. Furthermore, they do they permit sharing equipment with local law enforcement nor carrying firearms, according to reports from NBC.
Moreover, the National Guard will also abstain from participating in any law enforcement efforts or other activities pertaining to domestic surveillance.