First Lady Jill Biden brought a basket of cookies on Friday, Jan. 22, for the National Guard troops stationed outside the Capitol in Washington, to thank them for protecting her husband’s inauguration after they were reportedly sent to a congressional parking garage.
According to New York Post, the first lady made an unscheduled visit to the troops and handed them chocolate chip cookies from a tin as a gesture of gratitude.
“I just wanted to come today to say thank you to all of you for keeping me and my family safe,” she told the officers.
“I’m a National Guard mom. The National Guard will always hold a special place in the hearts of all the Bidens,” she said, referring to Beau Biden—her late son served in the Delaware National Guard.
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visits National Guard troops stationed outside the U.S. Capitol in D.C.:
“I just wanted to come today to say thank you to all of you for keeping me and my family safe … The White House baked you some chocolate chip cookies.” pic.twitter.com/lv33IZeblq
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 22, 2021
Following a planned visit to Whitman-Walker Health in downtown Washington, the first lady’s stop came after thousands of the troops had reportedly been “banished” to a cramped garage after being forced to leave parts of the Capitol grounds on Thursday.
Former Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany explained that a Democrat congressman claimed most of the troops likely voted for Trump and were security threats, so had them moved to the garage with poor living conditions.
On Monday, a Democrat congressman said most of the National Guard likely voted for Trump and were therefore security threats.
Last night, our National Guardsmen were banished to a parking garage.
They are HEROES & deserve better than this!!! ⬇️ https://t.co/koB2MO0ItH
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) January 22, 2021
Investigative journalist Jordan Schachtel revealed that Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.) is the congressman who got the guardsmen sent to the garage because a couple of soldiers were not wearing masks while at a cafe in the building.
This is the rep who reportedly got the Nat Guard sent to the parking garage because a couple soldiers were not wearing a mask while at a Dunkin’ Donuts. Keating appears to have a history with this stuff. https://t.co/iBsaYBnvXc
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) January 22, 2021
Photos show that the troops were lying on the floor to rest and sleeping while leaning against concrete pillars inside the garage.
According to One America Network, former President Donald Trump has offered the troops stay at his hotel in Washington if they need to.
SCOOP: Trump has given permission for the troops to stay at Trump Hotel D.C. if any of them need, per advisor @OANN
— Han Poso 🛰️ (@JackPosobiec) January 22, 2021
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) visited the troops and brought them pizza to thank them for their service.
Three governors—Greg Abbott from Texas, Ron DeSantis from Florida, and Chris Sununu from New Hampshire, have ordered their local troops to return to their respective states following the parking garage outrage.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) raised a question for the Democratic leaders, asking why the troops are not treated respectfully.
Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer—why are American troops who are tasked with keeping security at the Capitol being forced to sleep in a parking lot?
They deserve to be treated with respect, and we deserve answers. pic.twitter.com/J0R2dRC8bM
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 22, 2021