Washington D.C. residents have reportedly begun putting up signs on the wall President Joe Biden ordered to be built around Capitol Hill ahead of the inauguration ceremony.
The military presence and barricade infrastructure erected
A sign reads "Give Back Our Backyard, Playground, Walking Path,... City!" and generally expresses anger towards the occupied status of downtown D.C. by National Guard personnel.
There were roughly 25,000 National Guard troops first deployed in D.C. ahead of the inauguration to provide security following the storming o the Capitol building. Several thousand of the National Guard troops could remain in place until the fall, according to a report from Fox 5.
Robert Salesses, who started as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security on January 20, wrote in an internal email obtained by Fox 5 that National Guard personnel may be sustained in D.C. through the fall of 2021, and may be assisted by active duty as well as reserve personnel.
"If it’s not possible to sustain at the current level with NG personnel, we need to establish the number of NG personnel (DCNG and out-of-state) we can sustain for an extended period – at least through Fall 2021 – and understand additional options for providing DoD support, to include use of reserve personnel, as well as active component," Salesses wrote.