A Republican from Florida will not deploy state-based military officers to defend the president’s annual message to U.S. Congress.
Gov. Ron DeSantis ultimately rejected the Joe Biden administration’s request for Florida National Guardsmen to defend the 2022 State of the Union address.
“Last week, the Biden administration requested the assistance of state National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C. [and] I have rejected this request,” he said on Twitter.
The governor revealed Washington had contacted multiple governors to help ramp up security at the event scheduled for March 1. However, this year there will be no assistance from the Sunshine State.
“There will be no Florida National Guard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union,” he said.
Last week, the Biden Administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C. I have rejected this request — there will be no @FLGuard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union.— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 28, 2022
Although the Washington Times found no “specific reason” for refusal, a governor’s office representative retweeted multiple social media posts supporting the Republican’s decision.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) applauded DeSantis for preventing Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from misusing state-based military forces.
“This is the way, shame on any governor participating in Pelosi’s and Biden’s political misuse of the National Guard this week,” he said on Twitter.
This is the way. Shame on any governor participating in Pelosi’s and Biden’s political misuse of the National Guard this week. https://t.co/L9qCMcMBFT— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) February 28, 2022
U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) earlier considered reinstalling a fenced perimeter around the U.S. Capitol Complex.
“USCP and the U.S. Secret Service have been closely working together to plan for the upcoming State of the Union,” a representative previously said.
“The temporary inner-perimeter fence is part of those ongoing discussions and remains an option. However, at this time no decision has been made,” the representative added.
The federal law enforcement agency is also working with other authorities to prepare for widespread “Freedom Convoy” protests across the District of Columbia.
“Law enforcement agencies across the national capital region are aware of plans for a series of truck convoys arriving in Washington, D.C. around the time of the State of the Union,” a USCP representative said.