Sending National Guard to Washington could slow U.S. vaccine hand out

As many as 15,000 National Guard troops have been authorized to be sent to Washington.

Democratic Representative Tim Ryan, who chairs a House committee that oversees the U.S. Capitol Police and security around the Capitol, said that National Guard troops could also be dispatched to several state capitals amid reports that Trump supporters will be staging protests around the nation next week.

Ryan said he spoke with National Guard officials on Monday and was told that the huge new demands on the troops could strain some operations.

“The vaccine issue (distribution) would be affected by this. That’s just food for thought about the ripple effect happening because of what we’re dealing with in Washington,” Ryan told reporters.