Trump declares state of emergency in DC ahead of Biden inauguration

12 January 2021, 01:11 | Updated: 12 January 2021, 01:30

The US President has declared the state of emergency
The US President has declared the state of emergency. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in Washington DC ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden.

Late on Monday, the White House press office announced the President approved a state of emergency in the United States capital after US law enforcement officials warned of threats before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

A statement issued by the White House confirmed President has "declared that an emergency exists in the District of Columbia".

The order authorises federal assistance to be extended through January 24 to support efforts in Washington DC to respond to the emergency situation.

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Mr Trump has spent months complaining that he was cheated out of an election victory by widespread voter fraud, which election officials say does not exist.

Earlier on Monday, District of Columbia mayor Muriel Bowser, Virginia governor Ralph Northam and Maryland governor Larry Hogan urged people to stay away from inaugural events because of "last week's violent insurrection as well as the ongoing and deadly Covid-19 pandemic".

The president's emergency declaration is in effect from Monday through January 24.