[Ed. – It’s also not clear who conveyed the concern about early March to N.Y. Post. But it’s a doozy. Catherine Herridge got a confirmation for CBS on 5,000 Guardsmen being requested through March, a proposed drawdown from 7,000. The numbers sound like a mission that would require 2,000 (on paper, at least) is part of the mix. The 2,000 could also represent a specific force contingent someone wants to keep activated; e.g., the contribution of one or more particular states, or units that provide a specific capability.]
A few thousand National Guard troops could end up staying in the nation’s capital until mid-March, a U.S. defense official confirms to Fox News.
In a statement Thursday, the National Guard said about 7,000 troops would remain in Washington through the “end of the month.” But there is concern among some city and federal authorities that protesters might return to Washington in early March on the original presidential inauguration date, March 4.
Six southern states left the union after Abraham Lincoln was elected in November and before his inauguration in March, a period known as “Secession Winter.”
The 20th Amendment moved the inauguration to its present Jan. 20 date. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president sworn into office on that date when he began his second term in 1937.
#NationalGuard Statement on maintaining 5k through mid-March, “As we continue to work to meet the final post-inauguration
requirements, the National Guard has been requested to continue supporting federal law enforcement agencies with 7k members + will draw down to 5k through
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) January 23, 2021