Will Joe Biden be able to access the White House in peace? Acting US Homeland Security Minister Chad Wolf announced his resignation on Monday, January 11, adding to concerns about the security of the inauguration ceremony for the new US president on January 20 in Washington.
Chad Wolf steps down five days after Donald Trump supporters violently break into Capitol Hill, which he called “tragic” and “sickening”, while around him local officials and security forces are busy preventing further violence.
An internal US Federal Police (FBI) document cited by many American media warns that armed supporters of the Republican president could participate in protests in all 50 US states between this weekend and January 20.
Criticized for delaying the deployment of the National Guard during the January 6 violence in Washington, the Pentagon has authorized the deployment of up to 15,000 troops to the US capital for the swearing-in ceremony.
Some 6,200 soldiers of the National Guard are already there and they will be 10,000 from this weekend. About 5,000 additional troops will join them on January 20.
The mayor of Washington, Muriel Bowser, for her part, announced that she had requested from the Department of Homeland Security the extension of the special security period related to the nomination. She also said she asked for a state of emergency to be declared upstream in the federal capital in order to obtain additional funds for security, which Donald Trump ratified on Monday evening.