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Jan. 14, 2021, 10:43 p.m. EST

Vice President Mike Pence says the American people deserve a safe presidential inauguration and a smooth transfer of power

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Nancy A. Youssef

Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that the American people “deserve” a smooth transfer of power, in remarks to leaders of some of the agencies in charge of security for the Jan. 20 inauguration in Washington.

“We are going to ensure that we have a safe inauguration, that President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States in a manner consistent with our history, with our traditions, in a way that gives honor to the American people and to the United States,” Pence said at a security briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

At the same meeting, leaders from other agencies involved in the security through Wednesday provided some details about their plans.

Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, said there are currently 7,000 National Guardsmen in Washington and that figure would eventually reach 21,000.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Chris Wray warned of “potential armed protests” leading up to the inauguration, based in part, he said, on “ an extensive amount of concerning online chatter.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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