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3:36 p.m. ET
Trump finally dispatches National Guard
Several hours after rioters breached the Capitol, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweets that Trump has dispatched the National Guard to DC, along with “other federal protective services.”
Trump initially resisted doing so on Wednesday as his supporters breached the building, a source told CNN. Trump had deployed more than 17,000 members of the National Guard to at least 23 states and DC last summer in response to protests demanding justice for George Floyd.
Earlier in the day, Pence had been on the phone with Joint Chiefs Chair Mark Milley, according to another source, and had encouraged a much quicker deployment of the National Guard to the Capitol to help quell the rioters who were breaking through security barriers and overwhelming Capitol Police.