President Biden apologizes over National Guard troops sleeping in car park

President Biden apologises over troops sleeping in car park
Even while posted at the US Capitol, many troops have been seen sleeping on the floor. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: President Joe Biden has apologized after some National Guard troops stationed at the Capitol were pictured sleeping in a car park.

More than 25,000 troops were deployed to the nation’s capital for his inauguration after violence earlier this month.

Images spread on Thursday showing the troops forced to rest in a nearby parking garage after lawmakers returned.

The images sparked anger among politicians, and some state governors recalled troops over the controversy.

President Joe Biden called the chief of the National Guard Bureau on Friday to apologize and ask what could be done, US media reports.

First Lady Jill Biden also visited some of the soldiers to thank them personally, bringing biscuits from the White House as a gift.

She said: “I just wanted to come today to say thank you to all of you for keeping me and my family safe.”

The photographs showing hundreds of National Guard troops in a parking garage went viral on Thursday and sparked outrage, including from members of Congress.

Many voiced concerns about the conditions of them, with guardsmen exposed to car fumes and without proper access to facilities like toilets after having been on alert for days.

Images of the cramped conditions also sparked fears about the spread of Covid-19.

A US official said on Friday that between 100 and 200 of those deployed had tested positive for coronavirus. The figure – which would represent a small number of the more than 25,000 deployed, has not been publicly confirmed.

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