Posted 27 days ago
SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mike Lee tweeted late Thursday night that Washington, D. C., Mayor Muriel Bowser plans to evict more than 1,200 National Guard troops, including 200 from Utah, from an area hotel.
“Just heard that Mayor Bowser is kicking the Utah National Guard out of all DC hotels tomorrow. More than 1,200 troops from 10 states are being evicted. This is unacceptable,” he said.
“These brave men and women have risked their lives protecting DC for three days. Rioting, looting, arson, and vandalism have all disappeared bc these soldiers served. And now they are being kicked to the curb by an ungrateful mayor. This must be stopped.”
The Utah Republican later appeared on Fox News @ Night where he said he expects Bowser’s office to issue an apology and a retraction.
Gov. Gary Herbert sent 200 Utah National Guard troops to Washington on Monday at the request of President Donald Trump to support local authorities dealing with protests over the killing of George Floyd. The death of Floyd while in police custody in Minnesota has sparked civil unrest throughout the country.
Bowser said at a news conference on Thursday that she wants out-of-state military troops out of the nation’s capital.
Regardless of whether Bowser disagrees with the Trump administration’s decision, she can take that up with the president later, Lee said.
“Don’t do that to our troops,” he said. “That’s not cool.”
In statement Friday morning, the Utah National Guard said the housing situation has not been resolved.
“Last night, we were informed that our service members would be relocated from their hotel rooms,” the statement said.
“The District of Columbia’s National Guard is working diligently to resolve the matter. The Utah National Guard is in the area to ... (Read more)
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