As President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address approaches, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he will not be sending state National Guard troops to Washington, D.C.
In a tweet published on February 28, DeSantis said that he rejected a request made by Biden to send state National Guard troops to the region. This rejection comes as the so-called People’s Convoy approaches its target, the District of Columbia.
Newsweek previously reported that around two dozen convoys are expected to arrive in the region on March 1, the same day as Biden’s State of the Union address.
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NEW: The Pentagon approved the deployment of 700 D.C. National Guard troops ahead of potential trucker protests timed to next week’s State of the Union. https://t.co/6guZ9iUbJP
— Axios (@axios) February 23, 2022
Last week, the Biden Administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C. I have rejected this request — there will be no @FLGuard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 28, 2022
If I ever ignored an order/request of my Commander in Chief as an officer in the Navy I’d be court-marshaled or shot. Nations are today at war, we should be uniting under 🇺🇲, not seeking petty partisan divisions. For God’s sake, wasn’t the insurrection on January 6th enough? https://t.co/xRScSdJg9f
— Rep. Andrew Learned (@AndrewLearned) February 28, 2022
Please keep reminding your neighbors that this isn’t your parents’ Republican Party. These guys hate America and are more comfortable with violence than voting. We are for law & order. They are for chaos. https://t.co/CCJiZbeuYY
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) February 28, 2022
DeSantis playing to the audiences in Iowa, New Hamphsire and PA. https://t.co/nG2hMy7VWH
— Eric Michael Garcia (@EricMGarcia) February 28, 2022
DeSantis: fuck the (Capitol) police https://t.co/Dj87cMG9MI
— Sam Youngman (@samyoungman) February 28, 2022
Good thing Florida is never a state that requires federal help. https://t.co/8JNavaU5t6
— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 28, 2022
This is the way. Shame on any governor participating in Pelosi’s and Biden’s political misuse of the National Guard this week. https://t.co/L9qCMcMBFT
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) February 28, 2022
Worth contemplating that, as president, DeSantis could adopt this approach too: FEMA help for politicians he supports but not for others? https://t.co/bcwIkuuX1b
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 28, 2022