In a recorded message released on Wednesday, President Trump said he has been briefed by the Secret Service on the threat of violence around President-elect Biden’s inauguration, and said the National Guard has been deployed so a safe transition could occur.
DONALD TRUMP: There has been reporting that additional demonstrations are being planned in the coming days, both here in Washington and across the country. I have been briefed by the US Secret Service on the potential threats. Every American deserves to have their voice heard in a respectful and peaceful way. That is your First Amendment right.
But I cannot emphasize that there must be no violence, no lawbreaking, and no vandalism of any kind. Everyone must follow our laws and obey the instructions of law enforcement. I have directed federal agencies to use all necessary resources to maintain order. In Washington, DC, we are bringing in thousands of National Guard members to secure the city and ensure that a transition can occur safely and without incident.