Pelosi thanks National Guard troops ahead of impeachment proceedings

Thousands of Guardsmen have been deployed to protect the Capitol against further violent protests ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. The Pentagon on Tuesday approved arming troops responsible for security around the complex with lethal weapons, a decision that came after demands from Congressional leaders, including Pelosi.

As many as 15,000 Guardsmen are expected to be deployed to the Washington area.

Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), a veteran who suffered injuries in the U.S. Army during the Iraq war, was pictured on Wednesday giving a tour of the Capitol Rotunda to a number of Guardsmen after witnessing them sleeping in the Capitol Visitor Center.

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