Washington [US]: US President Donald Trump declared a state emergency in Washington DC ahead of the inauguration on January 20 of President-elect Joe Biden, the White House said on Monday.
The emergency declaration comes after violence broke out at the US Capitol, where on January 6, pro-Trump supporters wreaked havoc. As a result of the turmoil, at least five people died, including a US Capitol Police officer.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warns that in the final days leading up to President-elect Biden’s inauguration, armed demonstrations are being organized in all 50 US state capitals, including the US Capitol building, Sputnik reported.
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“President Donald J 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,”
The President’s action authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Department of Homeland Security to coordinate all disaster relief efforts aimed at alleviating the distress and suffering of the local population caused by the emergency and to provide sufficient assistance for the necessary emergency measures approved under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the District of Columbia,” it added.
FEMA is allowed to recognize, mobilize and, at its discretion, provide the appropriate equipment and services to mitigate the effects of an emergency. The White House said, “Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 per cent Federal funding,”
On January 6, the US Capitol building was attacked by a group of Trump supporters, clashing with police, destroying buildings, seizing the inauguration stage and occupying the rotunda. The violence took place. after Trump encouraged his followers to resist what he says was a stolen election.