New Estimates Put Cost at $500 Million
It has been over two weeks since the inauguration of President Joe Bide, yet the presence of National Guard troops is still costing taxpayers millions of dollars. On Thursday, Bloomberg estimated the final cost to be $480 million. However, a new estimate has the total coming in around $500 million. These figures do not include what the city of Washington, D.C., is having to throw into the pot to keep the troops in place.
Diving Into the Numbers
There were about 26,000 troops hailing from all 50 states and three U.S. territories that were initially called up to secure D.C. The troops were summoned after the January 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol.
While it was first believed that the troops would only be in place through Inauguration Day on January 20, rumors of continuing threats have kept the Guard in place. In addition to the presence of the troops, the area around the White House and the National Mall has been blocked off using police barricades and security fences.
Since the Inauguration
Since the inauguration, the number of troops has dwindled to about 7,000. The current plan has that number decreasing to 5,000 through at least the middle of March. This adherence is in accordance with a bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security, detailing new threats to the security of D.C.
Authorities are particularly worried about the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. This trial is set to begin on February 9 at Capitol Hill. In addition, law enforcement is warning of chatter of another attack on March 4, the date known as the original Inauguration Day.