WASHINGTON — Gov. Larry Hogan said the state is doubling the number of National Guard troops it is sending to Washington D.C. in the lead-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
Hogan has already sent 500 National Guard troops to D.C. after pro-Trump protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
The event resulted in a lockdown of Congress while it was debating certification of Biden’s victory. Hogan said Tuesday, Jan. 12, that the state would up its National Guard footprint in Washington from 500 to 1,000 troops to help with security.
Security fences have been built around Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal buildings after the unrest. The District of Columbia has been under a state of emergency. Hogan said he would attend the inauguration.
The Maryland governor said there could be wider lockdowns and restrictions citywide in Washington in the lead-up to Biden’s inauguration.
Hogan said that could include citywide “lockdowns” and shutting down the Metro transit system.
The Maryland governor along with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a joint statement urging regional residents and visitors from across the country to not attend the Biden inauguration in person.
Hogan is a Republican critic of President Donald Trump and said it will be his honor to attend the swearing-in of Biden.