National Guard chief knocks down rumors of martial law response to virus
by John Solomon, published on Just The News, on March 21, 2020
National Guard troops have mobilized to provide support during the coronavirus outbreak, but there are no plans for a nationwide quarantine enforced by them.
The National Guard has deployed a few thousand troops to help states hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, but it wants Americans to know that rumors of impending martial law are blatantly false.
One of the Guard’s top generals tweeted out that assurance Friday as officials blamed misinformation and propaganda campaigns for the false rumor.
“I hear unfounded rumors about #NationalGuard troops supporting a nationwide quarantine,” wrote Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau. “Let me be clear: There has been no such discussion.”
From New York to Wisconsin, National Guard troops have been deployed to several states to provide assistance that ranges from sterilizing public areas to delivering needed supplies. Those missions are likely to continue for some time, officials said.
In Florida, Guard troops helped with mobile coronavirus testing.
I hear unfounded rumors about #NationalGuard troops supporting a nationwide quarantine. Let me be clear: There has been no such discussion. … For news about the great work the Guard IS doing to support the #Covid_19 response, click the link. #COVID19 https://t.co/JZROM4xfF9
— Gen. Joseph Lengyel (@ChiefNGB) March 20, 2020