Donald Trump has issued emergency declaration that will allow the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate with local authorities as needed.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump. (Photo: AFP)
President Donald Trump is issuing an emergency declaration for the nation’s capital amid growing concern among local and federal authorities about violence in the lead-up to and during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
The declaration allows the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate with local authorities as needed.
The declaration from Donald Trump comes five days after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol as Congress began formally counting the Electoral College votes to certify his defeat to Joe Biden.
Five people died in it.
Trump has spent months complaining that he was cheated out of an election victory by widespread voter fraud, which election officials say does not exist.
Earlier Monday, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan urged people to stay away from inaugural events because of “last weeks violent insurrection as well as the ongoing and deadly Covid-19 pandemic.”
Trump’s emergency declaration is in effect from Monday through January 24.
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