Last month, Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” that Trump had made a “direct order” for as many as 10,000 troops to be ready. In an interview with Vanity Fair published Jan. 22, former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said that Trump told him, “‘You do what you need to do. You do what you need to do.’ He said, ‘You’re going to need 10,000 [National Guardsmen].’” “That’s what he said. Swear to God,” Miller said
In an interview late Sunday on Fox News’ “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton,” Trump said he specifically requested that 10,000 National Guardsmen be present at the Capitol for his rally on Jan. 6 as his staff anticipated far larger crowds than it had originally planned for.
“You know, we said to the Department of Defense, the top person, days before we had the rally … I requested, I said, ‘Look, this rally is going to bigger than anyone thinks.’ … I said that I think you should have 10,000, I think I gave the number, I definitely gave the number of 10,000 National Guardsmen, I think you should have 10,000 of the National Guard ready,” the former president told Hilton.
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