President Donald Trump Declares a State of Emergency for Washington, DC

by Brianna Lyman

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for the nation’s capital Monday ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

“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 statement reads.

The action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate “all disaster relief efforts” to help local authorities.

The FBI has received reports that “armed protests” are being planned across the nation at each state capitol and the U.S. Capitol in D.C. in the days leading up to Biden’s inauguration, according to CNN.

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