First Lady Jill Biden paid a surprise visit to National Guard troops in Washington, DC on Friday to thank them for protecting her family during her husband’s inauguration.
“I just wanted to come today to thank you all for keeping me and my family safe,” she told police officers on her first solo outing as first lady.
During the unscheduled stop, she stepped out of her procession in a long black coat and handed out chocolate chip cookies in a box as a thank you.
“I’m a National Guard mother,” she told officers, referring to her late son Beau Biden, who served in the Delaware National Guard. “The National Guard will always hold a special place in the hearts of all Bidens.”
She added, “The White House baked you chocolate chip cookies. I can’t say I cooked them all myself.
His visit came after DC was rocked by the bomb report on Thursday that thousands of soldiers were “banned” from a parking lot after being told to leave parts of the US Capitol grounds.
The first lady made the stop on Friday after a scheduled visit to Whitman-Walker Health in downtown Washington.
More than 25,000 troops were called to Washington ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration following the deadly Jan.6 siege on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump supporters unhappy with the election, raising fears of ongoing attacks.
Thousands of National Guard soldiers have since been urged to stay in Washington, DC until March to keep the nation’s capital safe amid fears of a rise in local extremism.
Now, 7,000 of those National Guard members will remain in the city until March 12, according to a Military.com report on Friday, citing a National Guard official.
The FBI has caught dozens of protesters in connection with the riot on the Capitol, including two men from New York this week.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Friday that President Biden is ordering his director of national intelligence to conduct a comprehensive threat assessment to domestic violent extremism following the siege.
“The January 6 attack on Capitol Hill and the tragic death and destruction that has occurred have highlighted what we have long known: the rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing threat to national security.” , Psaki said.
–With pole wires