National Guard general opposed keeping troops in DC, overruled by Biden secretary of state

By Bradley Stein

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin reportedly overruled a memo from the commanding general of the National Guard who objected to keeping troops in D.C., according to Fox News.

The memo, written by Gen. Daniel Hokanson, was disseminated among the White House National Security Council last week and cited concerns over the National Guard already being overburdened with coronavirus issues, civil disturbances and wildfires, according to a report from Fox News.

“Efforts to date have not secured enough volunteers among supporting states to meet the USCP (U.S. Capitol Police) request of 2,280 soldiers, nor Option B of 1000 soldiers. I am concerned that the continued indefinite nature of this requirement may also impede our ability to man future missions as both adjutants general and guardsmen alike may be skeptical about committing to future endeavors,” Hokanson reportedly wrote.

The memo was in response to multiple requests from the D.C. Capitol Police for additional troops to be deployed last week. Austin allegedly ignored Hokanson’s recommendation to deny the D.C. Capitol Police’s request, according to Fox News.

The Pentagon announced Austin’s decision to extend the National Guard troops’ deployment past the previously agreed to March 12 deadline to May on Tuesday.

Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday that there was a legitimate need for the further deployment of the National Guard, overruling Hokanson’s memo.

“They have a legitimate need. I’m not going to speak to specific threat,” Kirby said in a statement to Fox News.

“And as I’ve been trying to say over the last few days, it’s not just about the threat environment in a highly polarized, hypercharged environment that we’re in right now. It is very much about a capacity assistance to the Capitol Police as they begin to flesh out and develop what they’re going to need long term to deal with a new reality on Capitol Hill,” Kirby said.

The Pentagon and Washington D.C. Bureau of the National Guard have not returned the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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8 thoughts on “National Guard general opposed keeping troops in DC, overruled by Biden secretary of state

  1. Excellent parallel from Granite Grok:
    National Guard Finally Says Enough
    by Dragon6 / 15 March 2021
    “The “mission” of Guard forces according to a Pentagon spokesperson has changed…
    …Both the Chief of the National Guard, General Daniel Hokanson, and the Chairman of the National Guard Association, Major General Mike McGuire see this as an unnecessary and possibly illegal use of National Guard forces.”

  2. Joe Biden is currently violating his oath and first duty to protect and defend the United States from foreign invaders. Why hasn’t the congress started impeachment proceedings. Nancy Pelosi should be removed from speaker for her blatant over use of her power, she is out of control and those weak men that follow her around like her little ducklings. The dinosaurs club all in their late 70s and 80s and millionaires by screwing Americans. Anyone who voted for this should suffer and they will. What a mess our country has become. I couldn’t be any more disgusted looking at our Capitol barbed wired off to protect crazy Nancy and her band of useful idiots of which 3 of them are from Vermont.

    • Dano couldn’t agree more. So angry and saddened words fail. I listen to conservative voices pep talks and prayers to stay above water. The one I’m leaning on is that just as Obama lost 63 Congressional seats in midterms – there will be a lot more this time bc the ppl will revolt imho and remove all who support Obama protege Marxist Kamala regime and the hostile takeover of a Maoist Revolution. Predicting a DemocratMarxist Party bloodbath.

      Donald Trump got conservatively 80 million votes and some say if all theft is included it’s as high as 100 million. There will be more and I do not think the Dems can stop this by changing voting laws or importing a consituency as there will be SCOTUS challenges bc constitutionally the states are supposed to run elections – not the majority party.

      This will include Dems just as in the exodus during the Vietnam War as they fled to Nixon and the law and orderliness of Republican Party. One third of the voters demanding to recall Newsom in Cali are Dems of the 2 million signatories.

      Georgia just changed voting rules which would block Communist Abrams election theft plot. GA native Hershell Walker and bff of DJT is expected to run – anemic establishment Perdue is out. Also believe Doug Collins will return in some form – senator or Gov.
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    • This situation has now become a them or us situation! It will most certainly not be US!! The Democrats have been blatantly open about their Treasonous acts against our Constitution, and the Patriotic Americans that defend it!

  3. Every state has a National Guard Unit. It was created to help each state. In the beginning, they weren’t supposed to be sent overseas. They were for taking care of their own state. Now they are sent overseas. But the reality now is to be in DC to protect the democRAT’s fat scarily a$$es.
    Our Guards are sleeping in a cold parking garage on concrete floors and they have to eat moldy, undercooked food..Which Pelosi claims isn’t true. Hell the Troops took pictures of the mold and raw food. One thing we don’t know about is..where do they go to take showers and to use the bathroom.. a car wash for showers? The gas station or McDonald’s across the road to use the bathroom??? Our Men and Women should not be treated this way !!! Especially in America…
    Every state should PULL its Troops back home. or send them down to the border to help our Border Patrol.. I have a son-in-law who is a Border Patrol agent and also in the Navy National Guards I worry about him at the border especially now that creepy joe opened the border…We don’t just need to take back our State we need to take back our Country.!!!!

  4. What a joke and what a waste of our states guards time, they should be down on
    the southern border where there’s a real reason for being there !!

    This scam in our nation’s capital is nothing more than that, and the three stooges
    we have in DC are just part of the problem, open borders for the nation but enclose
    of the people’s house ……….hypocrites & cowards !!

    Useless politicians.

  5. Good reason not to re-enlist. The military in DC will soon be slowly dissipated. They won’t have to sleep on cement garage floors or eat poisoned raw contaminated food and return to their families.

    All under the direction of Piglosi who is a paranoid psychopath that should be removed under Article 25 as she is doing to Trump. The Rep body can be ” The Cabinet” when the Reps take control of the House in about a year.. .

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