President Donald Trump on Monday approved an emergency declaration that will provide additional funding to Washington, D.C. for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration amid safety concerns.
In a statement released Monday evening, the White House’s Office of the Press Secretary said Trump “declared that an emergency exists in the District of Columbia and ordered Federal assistance to supplement the District’s response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the 59th Presidential Inauguration from January 11 to January 24, 2021.”
“Specifically, [Federal Emergency Management Agency] is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency,” the statement read. “Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding.”
Trump’s declaration came a day after D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser sent a letter to Trump asking for additional funding due to safety concerns following riots at the Capitol building last week.
"In light of the attack on the Capitol and intelligence suggesting further violence is likely during the Inaugural period, my administration has reevaluated our preparedness posture for the Inauguration, including requesting the extension of D.C. National Guard support through January 24, 2021," Bowser wrote.
“Based on recent events and intelligence assessments, we must prepare for large groups of trained and armed extremists to come to Washington, D.C.," she added.