Angered that his state’s National Guard troops were not being treated fairly in Washington, D.C., Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered them to come back home. The troops had been sent to the nation’s capital to protect against potential civil unrest surrounding the inauguration of President Joe Biden. However, by Thursday, Abbott had seen enough and told his state’s troops to return back to the Lone Star State.
Abbott was unhappy that the troops had been relegated to resting in a parking garage when they were not on active duty in the U.S. Capitol.
Other Governors Make the Same Decision
The day after Abbott ordered his troops home, Republican governors Ron DeSantis of Florida and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire also announced that they were going to bring their troops back to their respective home states. All three of the governors found it offensive that their troops would have to spend their time off duty hanging out in a parking garage rather than in the warm confines of the Capitol building.
Concern Over Situation in Parking Garage
Not only was it cold in the parking garage, but others voiced concern that the environment was not conducive to helping stop the spread of the coronavirus. According to some reports, the space was small and did not have proper sanitation protocols in place, leading to an increased chance of spreading COVID-19.
The number of troops in Washington is expected to dwindle each day. By the end of the month, there is only expected to be approximately 7,000 troops still in place.