In a meeting with recently promoted Defense Dept. leaders Christopher Miller and Kashyap Patel, Donald Trump says 10,000 National Guard members will need to be in D.C. for his Save America / Stop The Steal “wild protest” on January 6.
Trump never does ask for it, and — as far as we know — doesn’t tell anyone else that they’ll need it. The decision is left up to Mayor Muriel Bowser who doesn’t expect the event to be anything the DC police alone can’t handle.
Update: We later discover that Miller blocked the National Guard before this meeting with Trump ever happened. The Vanity Fair interview is a fluff piece. The author, Adam Ciralsky, is a former CIA agent who was placed on unpaid leave in the ’90s when intel suggested he may be sharing secrets with Israel.
Photo: New Jersey National Guard