Troops Sleeping on Bare Floors of US Capitol Ahead of Biden’s ‘Virtual’ Inauguration

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Some 15,000 National Guard troops from the District of Columbia and six US states have descended on the capital Washington to guard Congress representatives and senators — and president-elect Joe Biden — from possible protests by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.

US National Guard troops brought in to protect Washington DC from “domestic terrorists” have been left to sleep on bare marble floors in the Capitol building.

Shocking images showed soldiers forced to sleep on cold, hard floors in the building without sleeping bags or mats overnight into Wednesday morning.


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National Guard members gather at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Troops were left to nap in corridors and halls as Congress began debating a motion of impeachment against President Donald Trump following last week’s Stop the Steal protest which briefly disrupted the confirmation of Democrat Joe Biden as president-elect.


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National Guard members sleep in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington

Other soldiers were seen sleeping on floors in the nearby Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Twitter users asked why the soldiers had not been given accommodation — or at least cots and sleeping bags — while they occupy Washington.

​The troops in the capital have reportedly been drawn from the small District of Columbia National…

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