The acting head of the US Department of Homeland Security said Monday that he was moving up the special security preparations for President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugural by several days, in light of last week’s deadly violence at the US Capitol that shook the nation’s democratic foundation to its core.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced the change to the security plans in a statement.
“In light of events of the past week and the evolving security landscape leading up to the inauguration and at the recommendation of Secret Service Director James Murray, I have instructed the U.S. Secret Service to begin the National Special Security Event operations for the 2021 Inauguration effective Wednesday, January 13th instead of January 19th,” Wolf said.
He added that his agency’s “federal, state, and local partners will continue to coordinate their plans and position resources for this important event.”
The Secret Service says on its website that when an event is deemed a National Special Security Event, the “Secret Service assumes its mandated role as the lead agency for the design and implementation of the operational security plan.”
Wolf’s statement comes as the nation continues to grapple with the violence that erupted Wednesday at the Capitol, leaving five people dead including a Capitol police officer.
A mob of President Trump’s supporters had stormed the Capitol, after many of them heard the president tell his backers at a rally to “fight like hell” and walk to the Capitol in an effort to disrupt the process of certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s November victory.