Security around Washington DC is being strengthened as President Donald Trump has foreseen a tough crackdown on violent protests across the United States that began with the death of George Floyd.
The Pentagon said it has raised the level of military protection for bases around Washington DC, and tensions in the heart of the United States are rising as the number of National Guard troops increases.
“The situation has improved across the country,” National Guard Commander Joseph Lenkel said in a press conference. We have seen a decrease in violence. But overall, the protests were similar or rather increased.”
The Washington DC was deployed with 1,300 National Guard troops as violent protests took place, and some of Utah and New Jersey troops joined the Washington DC demonstrations the night before.
Lenkel said 18,000 National Guard troops are currently supporting law enforcement in the region in 29 states, an increase.
According to CNN, the size of the National Guard troops in response to the George Floyd death is almost the same as those dispatched to Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
More than 20,000 National Guard troops were operating throughout the United States, the Defense Ministry quoted a ministry official as saying.
In response to the protests stemming from the George Floyd death, President Trump complained at a White House press conference the day before that state governments were responding too weakly, warning that if governors don’t mobilize the National Guard, he will use presidential authority to deploy his own troops.
In addition, the White House Secret Service is controlling the roads around the White House and strengthening security.
An 8ft high iron fence was also installed around Lafayette Park near the White House, which is set up during high-security events, such as the presidential inauguration.