Deploying National Guard troops at the U.S. Capitol — which a pro-Trump mob stormed last month — will cost about $483 million, the government estimated Monday.
The figure covers the deployment through March 15 and is mostly personnel costs, according to John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary. He told reporters at a briefing Monday that personnel accounts for about $284 million of the total, while $199 million is for operations.
Former President Donald Trump this week faces a second impeachment trial in the Senate, as Democrats accuse him of inspiring the mob. Trump’s lawyers deny he incited the Jan. 6 riot.
More than 5,000 National Guard troops are scheduled to remain in Washington through mid-March, after 25,000 troops were brought to the city to help secure it through President Joe Biden’s inauguration.