Gov. Ron DeSantis Republican of Florida, has ordered more than 600 Florida National Guard soldiers to return home from Washington D.C. after reports that troops were “banished” from the U.S. Capitol buildings to a parking garage.
DeSantis called the assignment a “half-cocked mission at this point” and took aim at Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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“They are soldiers,” DeSantis said “They are not Nancy Pelosi’s servants.”
Around 26,000 National Guard soldiers were stationed in Washington D.C. following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Top lawmakers from both parties took to Twitter to criticize the U.S. Capitol Police for ordering troops to vacate Capitol buildings. They demanded the situation be solved.
“These folks are soldiers, not Nancy Pelosi‘s servants,” DeSantis said. “This is a half-cocked mission at this point and the appropriate thing is to bring them home.”
Reports found that National Guardsmen and women were forced to leave the United States Capitol Thursday night and instead take their rest in a nearby parking garage. The facility had just one bathroom with two stalls for some 5,000 troops. In the garage there was no internet reception and just one electrical outlet. And the garage was not heated.
Prominent Florida leaders, including Sen. Marco Rubio, hailed DeSantis’ decision even ahead of his appearance on cable news.
“We are very proud of and grateful to the Florida National Guard. Now, I hope more of them can go home to their families, their jobs and their own beds,” Rubio tweeted Friday morning.
Sources: Politico, Washington Examiner, Fox News, and ABC; Photo: newsbreak.com