House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to President Trump on Thursday expressing concern over the increased presence of federal law enforcement in the nation’s capital.
In the letter, she demands clarity and answers from the administration on the situation and why members of the National Guard from other states are operating in Washington, DC.
“We are concerned about the increased militarization and lack of clarity that may increase chaos. I am writing to request a full list of the agencies involved and clarifications of the roles and responsibilities of the troops and federal law enforcement resources operating in the city,” Pelosi writes. “Congress and the American people need to know who is in charge, what is the chain of command, what is the mission, and by what authority is the National Guard from other states operating in the capital.”
At a news conference Thursday afternoon, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser thanked Pelosi for reaching out to the city earlier this morning about the situation.
“We want the military; we want troops from out of state out of Washington DC,” Bowser said when asked if she would like the military police to reduce their presence in the district.
Pelosi signed the letter earlier while on a Zoom webinar hosted by the Jewish Democratic Council of America. She paused her remarks to read portions of the letter out loud.