Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is “monitoring” the possibility that a truckers’ protest convoy will descend on Washington, DC in the next two weeks, according to reports.
A spokesman for Ms Pelosi told Fox News that the Speaker’s office was “monitoring the situation closely” after American conservatives promised a “Freedom Convoy” inspired by the mammoth truckers’ protests in Canada.
Law enforcement agencies in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and at the US Capitol have ramped up security in advance of President Joe Biden’s state of the union address on 1 March.
One Trump-supporting haulage company owner has said he plans to assemble a convoy to choke off traffic around DC like “a giant boa constrictor” in protest against vaccine mandates, critical race theory, and the jail sentences for Capitol riot defendants.
The US Capitol Police said last week that it is “aware” of the plans and intends to “facilitate” legitimate activism protected by the US constitution, but may erect a security fence around the Capitol.
Mr Pelosi’s spokesperson told Fox News: “We are monitoring the situation closely but deferred to the US Capitol Police, which is in charge of security.”
According to the Associated Press, the US Defence Department is expected to approve the deployment of 700-800 unarmed National Guard troops to DC to control traffic and guard against disruption.