Capitol police ask National Guard to stay for two more months

There are currently about 5,200 National Guard troops around the building. The mission was set to end on March 12.

The Capitol Police have asked the Pentagon to extend the National Guard’s mission to protect the US Capitol for an additional two months, a defense official told Reuters on Thursday.

National Guard troops were dispatched to the Capitol grounds after the January 6 attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump, and tall fencing has been erected to extend the security perimeter.

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