US Vice President Pence Meets National Guard Troops
Late Thursday evening, Mike Pence made an unscheduled visit to the Congress building, where he met with soldiers guarding the safety of lawmakers.
US Vice President Mike Pence made an unscheduled visit to the Capitol late Thursday night, where he thanked the military, now guarding the security at the Congress building..
Pence spoke to several of the soldiers and thanked them for “keeping the Capitol safe … at such an important time for our country.” He told the servicemen that it was a great honor for him to be, among other things, their vice president..
Several thousand National Guard troops have been housed in the Capitol after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed into the building on January 6, apparently trying to prevent lawmakers from approving the electoral college vote, which named Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election..
Vice President Pence said he said at least 20,000 troops, along with other federal law enforcement officials, will be guarding the Capitol and surrounding areas by the time President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20..
“We … will ensure security during the inauguration, we will swear in a new president, a new vice president, we will continue to develop our country,” Pence said, addressing members of the National Guard on Thursday evening..
This visit was Pence’s first visit to the Capitol after the riots.. The vice president presided over a Senate meeting at which lawmakers certified the presidential election. After the riots broke out, Pence was forced to move to a safe area and then left the Capitol when security officials determined that the vice president’s life was out of danger..
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