President Donald Trump declares state of emergency in D.C. ahead of inauguration,
US President Donald Trump on Monday declared a state of emergency in Washington, D.C, citing the
“emergency conditions” surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had declared a state of emergency in the city on Wednesday in the aftermath of
the takeover of the Capitol by rioters incited by Trump.
Reports of further planned violent demonstrations have continued to circulate ahead of Inauguration Day,
and Trump’s order on Monday allows the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency
Management Agency to assist the city in any emergency response.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning that armed protests are being planned in all 50 US state
capitals, including the US Capitol building, in the final days leading up to President-elect Biden’s inauguration,
“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,” a release from the White House read.
“The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and
suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required
emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and
public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the District of Columbia,” it added.