USA-Army National Guard Members removed from inauguration duty
Two guards were removed from the inauguration duty as a part of the vetting process to ensure troops do not ties to extremist groups. There is no clarification as to what triggered their removal.
Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said that there is ” no intelligence indicating an insider threat” to Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Earlier on the same day, Mr Biden’s spokeswoman said that it now was not the time to be easing travel restrictions. She quickly dismissed Trump’s announcement saying that on the advice of their medical team they do not intend to lift the restrictions imposed on travellers arriving from Brazil and Europe.
With the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel, she tweets.
Joe Biden will take office at 12:00 (17:00 GMT) on Wednesday. However, much of the spotlight is on Mr Trump’s final moves, including presidential pardons.
Thousands of National Guard reserve soldiers have been deployed in the wake of the storming of the Capitol building by a pro-Trump mob on 6 January that left five people dead.