In the wake of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 26,000 National Guard members were sent to Washington to secure President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
The next day, hundreds of Guard members were ordered to vacate the Capitol for several hours and to take rest in nearby parking garages and outdoor areas before being allowed back inside the complex. The confusing move sparked outrage among lawmakers and members of the public.
A PolitiFact reader reached out with a related question: Did former President Donald Trump offer to come to the Guard members’ rescue, as one Facebook post claims? We didn’t find evidence of that.
Thank you, President Trump, for offering your beautiful hotel to our troops to sleep in after they were put in a car garage.Posted by Mayra Flores on Friday, January 22, 2021
The post’s claim, and an old photo. “Thank you, President Trump, for offering your beautiful hotel to our troops to sleep in after they were put in a car garage,” reads the Jan. 22 post.
The post included a photo of Trump, flashing both thumbs up, surrounded by more than 30 men and women wearing fatigues.
Sebastian Gorka, a former deputy assistant to Trump in the White House, shared the photo in a Jan. 22 tweet. Alluding to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gorka wrote: “Reports coming in that Donald Trump is allowing the National Guard troops forced by Pelosi to sleep in a carpark, to use his DC hotel, Trump International.”
He’s not having it.— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) January 22, 2021
Reports coming in that Donald Trump is allowing the National Guard troops forced by Pelosi to sleep in a carpark, to use his DC hotel, Trump International. pic.twitter.com/bn39U98Xoc
We rated False a claim that Democrats forced “troops” to sleep on the ground in a parking garage. There were conflicting statements about who requested the relocation, but no indication that Democratic lawmakers or the Biden administration played a role.
A Google search of the image shows it is an official White House photo of Trump visiting Ramstein Air Base, a U.S. Air Force installation in Germany, on Dec. 26, 2018.