Over the last several weeks, thousands of National Guard troops poured into the nation’s capital to help protect Joe Biden’s inauguration following the Capitol riot.
26,000 troops, to be exact.
However, 5,000 National Guard troops were sent to a parking garage to rest in between their 12-hour shifts, despite cold winter temperatures.
The U.S. Capitol Police ordered the troops to move their rest area from inside the Capitol to the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center parking garage, according to Fox News.
The garage reportedly had one restroom with two stalls, and there was also only one power outlet, BizPacReview reports.
One Guardsman said that on the day of the inauguration, several lawmakers stopped to take photos with the troops, shake their hands, and thank them for their service. He added, “Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed.”
This decision drew immense backlash from lawmakers, some governors even ordering their troops to return home.
Last night, I ordered our Adjutant General to bring Florida National Guard soldiers home from the National Capital Region.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 22, 2021
I have instructed General Norris to order the return of the Texas National Guard to our state. @TexasGuard
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 22, 2021
Since then, the troops have been allowed back into the Capitol Visitor Center to rest, and President Trump even offered them rooms at the Trump Hotel.
SCOOP: Trump has given permission for the troops to stay at Trump Hotel DC if any of them need, per advisor @OANN
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 22, 2021
Even after leaving office, President Trump shows his appreciation for those who serve our country.