House Republicans demand explanation from Pelosi on extended deployment of National Guard in D.C.

Rep. McClain on National Guard reportedly staying in DC through fall: ‘Just tell me why’

Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich., tells ‘Fox & Friends’ she has not received a briefing on why the deployment might be extended.

Rep. Lisa McClain is among a group of House Republicans calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to brief members of Congress on why National Guard troops may remain in Washington, D.C., until the fall.

“Myself and several of my colleagues have asked Nancy Pelosi for a briefing as to ‘Why do we need these troops here?’ And we have received zero information, zero,” McClain, R-Mich., said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”

“It’s amazing to me that [Pelosi] can do this without any disclosure, without any information and just continue to spend money with no briefing,” she added. “Doesn’t make sense to me.”


Approximately 25,000 National Guard troops were deployed to Washington ahead of President Joe Biden’s January 20 inauguration, and 5,000 were expected to remain until mid-March. Fox affiliate WTTG obtained an email showing troops may be kept in the region until the fall.

McClain, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, told co-anchor Pete Hegseth she wants to understand why the extension is being considered, adding that she feels “completely safe” in the city.

“Just tell me why,” she said. “I feel like there’s a boogeyman under my bed.”

“Washington, D.C. is an absolute ghost town,” she added. “I feel completely safe. There’s no one there.”

In the absence of a known threat, McClain said she would rather have her state’s National Guard troops assist with COVID-19 vaccination efforts in her home state.

“They’re talking about sending a thousand more National Guard troops from my state of Michigan [to Washington], for reasons that we don’t know,” she said. “I would rather put those National Guard men and women to help my constituents in my state help with the distribution of the COVID relief vaccination.”

“That, I know, is a credible threat,” she added. “This threat over here, I have no idea because we can’t even get a briefing on it.”

McClain, who became a member of Congress in January, represents Michigan’s 10th district, which includes six counties in the state’s Lower Peninsula.

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