WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan traveled to Washington D.C. to visit soldiers from the state’s National Guard and received a security briefing ahead of the presidential inauguration, his office said.
Hogan was joined on Monday by Maryland’s Brigadier Gen. Janeen L. Birckhead, who has been chosen to command National Guard troops at the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress buildings in support of Capitol Police.READ MORE: 'The School Shouldn't Be Open Right Now': Parents React To COVID-19 Outbreak At Cherry Hill Elementary Middle School
This afternoon, I visited with Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead and members of the Maryland National Guard supporting security operations in the U.S. Capitol area. pic.twitter.com/2hPzleSg7G
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) January 18, 2021READ MORE: Almost 9,000 Vaccinated Marylanders Get Additional Shots Since Approval of Pfizer Booster
The governor sent 500 Maryland National Guard soldiers and 200 state troopers to the Capitol following the attack by supporters of President Donald Trump on Jan. 6. National Guard troops from all over the country have been sent to Washington amid fears that violent extremist groups are targeting the capital in the wake of the deadly insurrection.
“The State of Maryland will do everything we can to protect the transition of power, and we continue to work closely with allied law enforcement and federal partners to support the inauguration,” Hogan said in a news release. “I am looking forward to attending the ceremonies on Wednesday to represent the people of Maryland.”MORE NEWS: 'We're The Cure To This Situation': 9 Killed, 13 Wounded In Baltimore Over The Past Week
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