The acting Secretary of Defense admitted that he and the Joint Chiefs Chairman didn’t discuss deploying the National Guard with President Trump — but instead Vice President Pence and Congressional leaders.
“Chairman Milley and I just spoke separately with the Vice President and with Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Senator Schumer and Representative Hoyer about the situation at the U.S. Capitol,” Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said Wednesday.
“We have fully activated the D.C. National Guard to assist federal and local law enforcement as they work to peacefully address the situation. We are prepared to provide additional support as necessary and appropriate as requested by local authorities. Our people are sworn to defend the constitution and our democratic form of government and they will act accordingly,” Miller added.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany disputed that report though, saying President Trump ultimately made the decision to deploy the National Guard.
“At President @realDonaldTrump ’s direction, the National Guard is on the way along with other federal protective services. We reiterate President Trump’s call against violence and to remain peaceful,” McEnany tweeted.
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