US President Donald Trump has declared an emergency in the District of Columbia and ordered federal assistance to the authorities amid efforts to ensure security ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration, the White House said in a statement.
"Today [on Monday], 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 said.
The declaration of an emergency will allow federal authorities to fast-track the allocation of funding to provide assistance to the city, TASS reports.
The 44th US President Barack Obama did not declare an emergency before Trump’s inauguration. Usually, the leaders introduce a state of emergency in order to provide assistance in dealing with disasters.
On Monday, the US authorities decided to start beefing up security amid Biden inauguration in the US capital, six days earlier than originally planned. Until January 20, all administrative buildings, shops and public catering enterprises near the White House and Congress will be closed. The Pentagon authorized up to 15,000 National Guard troops to protect Washington, D.C.
On January 6, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington DC to stop lawmakers from officially certifying the results of the November presidential election in a last-ditch attempt to prevent Democrat Joe Biden from becoming the new president. One protester was shot dead during the unrest. In addition, three others died, the causes of their deaths were qualified as medical emergencies. Biden’s inauguration is scheduled for January 20. The ceremony will be scaled down amid the coronavirus pandemic.