Mayor of Washington D.C. Muriel Bowser (D-D.C.) is reportedly planning to force all National Guard troops out of D.C. in the coming days, even going so far as to force them out of the hotels at which they are currently staying, according to Fox News.
Utah Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) said that he heard the information from an unknown source, which says that Bowser is moving to remove at least 1,200 Guardsmen from various hotels in the city after they were mobilized by President Trump to stop the violence from the race riots currently taking place.
“They came here at the request of their country, and now…they’re being told they’re not welcome here. That is unpatriotic. That is unacceptable,” Lee said.
Bowser previously said in a press conference on Wednesday that she was “examining every legal question about the president’s authority to send troops,” and falsely accused the National Guard of “encroaching on our city streets in the name of protecting federal assets.”
President Trump mobilized the National Guard, as well as some divisions of the military such as the 82nd Airborne Division, to Washington to quell the violent riots that started last week, which led to multiple historic monuments being vandalized. Since doing so, the riots have been almost completely contained in the city and further destruction has been avoided. Other riots are still ongoing in other major cities around the country, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.