In the wake of the US Capitol siege, President Trump has approved the declaration of a state of emergency for Washington, DC, after authorities warned of security threats to Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
Trump’s declaration of a State of Emergency authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance to the local population. It specifically allows FEMA to “identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment, and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency”. The federal assistance will remain until January 24.
The call comes after last week’s deadly Capitol insurrection attempts and the FBI’s warning that even more “armed protests” are being planned in all 50 state capitals in the run-up to the inauguration.
Democrats are pushing harder for Trump’s impeachment as many of the public accuse him of directly inciting the violence. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Trump “represents an imminent threat” to the Constitution and Democracy, and is “incapable” of further executing his presidential duties.
Meanwhile, Biden recently told Newark reporters that he is “not afraid” of taking the traditional, outdoor oath of office at the Capitol grounds. But he calls for the people “who engaged in sedition and threatened people’s lives, defaced public property, caused great damage” to be held accountable.