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  • as thousands of National Guard troops flood Washington D.

  • C ahead of President elect Joe Biden's inauguration, the Pentagon is working feverishly to ensure the troops themselves are not a security risk.

  • A dozen members of the US National Guard have been removed from duty, helping secure the inauguration after vetting, which included screening for potential ties to right wing extremism, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday.

  • A Pentagon spokesman said the vetting went beyond ties to extremist groups.

  • One guard member was removed from duty after troubling text messages and another had been reported to a tip line.

  • Army General Daniel Hawkinson.

  • All I would say with those two individuals, inappropriate comments or text that were put out there and as we stated, just out of an abundance of caution, we want to make sure that there's no issues at all and that those properly get looked into downtown Washington, D.

  • C has been transformed into an armed fortress fenced off and surrounded by 25,000 National Guard troops Tuesday.

  • The level of precaution this year is unprecedented.

  • People are restricted from entering a vast area.

  • The Secret Service is calling the Green Zone the National Mall, which during inaugurations of the past could host over a million Spectators this year will be closed to the public due to threats of violence from groups like those who attacked the U.

  • S Capitol on January 6th.

  • Another unprecedented element of this year's festivities is that the outgoing president won't be in attendance.

  • President Donald Trump will skip Biden swearing in ceremony.

  • And despite being welcomed to the White House by the Obama's four years ago, Trump and his wife, Melania, are not expected to extend the same courtesy to the incoming first family.

  • Instead, Trump is planning to leave for his march a Lago resort Wednesday morning, right before the pageantry begins.

  • When Biden has sworn in, he will do so on the Capitol steps still showing its wounds of the riot earlier this month.

  • And he, unlike the many before him, will not be in front of a sea of supporters.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/01/21
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