“In light of the attack on the Capitol and the intelligence that suggests that further violence is possible during the inauguration period, my administration has reassessed our position of readiness for entry into force, including by requesting extended support for the DC National Guard. until January 24, 2021, “Bowser wrote in a letter to the president.
“I have determined that the plans and resources previously assigned to the Inauguration are insufficient to create a safe and secure environment as a direct result of the uprising that took place on 6 January. Based on recent developments and intelligence assessments, we must prepare for large groups of trained and armed extremists to come to Washington. “
“We see … chatter from these white super-pressists, from these far-right extremists ̵
“I will tell you that given last week’s events, this preparation for the post should be different from any other entry into force in just 10 days,” she explained during the interview.
Ultimately, Bowser said in a letter to Trump that despite the city’s security resources, “significant gaps in preparedness remain that cannot be remedied without this extraordinary declaration and direct federal aid.”
In coordination with the federal government, she wrote, “we must take immediate, coordinated action to increase the security position in the nation’s capital to prevent an emergency situation during the opening.”
Rob Forge, CN Curt Devine, Scott Bronstein and Bob Ortega contributed to this report.