“This represents a reduction of nearly 50 percent of the current support force,” chief Pentagon spokesman John F. Kirby said in a statement.
National Guard troops from around the country were rushed to Washington, D.C., following the Jan. 6 riot by Trump supporters that resulted in a mob forcing its way into the U.S. Capitol. At its height, more than 25,000 National Guard soldiers were deployed.
They were initially kept at their posts to provide extra security until March 12. The remaining troops will augment the U.S. Capitol Police.
“This decision was made after a thorough review of the request and after close consideration of its potential impact on readiness,” Mr. Kirby said.
Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee and said he has seen no credible threat that justifies keeping the National Guard troops on duty.
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