DeSantis rejects Biden's request for Florida National Guard at State of the Union
TAMPA, Fla. - Gov. Ron DeSantis says he is refusing to send Florida National Guard soldiers to the nation's capital, rejecting a request from President Joe Biden.
"Last week, the Biden Administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C.," DeSantis wrote Monday afternoon on Twitter.
He went on to announce that he would not comply.
"I have rejected this request," DeSantis continued. "There will be no @FLGuard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union."
Last week, the Pentagon had approved the deployment of 700 unarmed National Guard troops to the nation’s capital as it prepares for trucker convoys that are planning protests against pandemic restrictions, in addition to Biden's State of the Union address on March 1.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved the request Tuesday from the District of Columbia government and the U.S. Capitol Police, the Pentagon said in a statement Tuesday night.
The troops would be used to assist with traffic control during demonstrations expected in the city, the Pentagon said. Four hundred Guard members from the District of Columbia Guard will be joined by 300 Guard members from other states, according to the statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.