Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga) is demanding that the National Guard withdraw from the Capitol citing an “ambush” of her office by Guam troops after she confused the U.S. territory for a foreign country, according to Forbes.
In a letter to Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin and Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Greene claims there is a “dangerous and troubling trend” of National Guard troops being used to “harass members of Congress and their staff.”
Greene specifically accused Guam’s congressional delegate, Michael San Nicholas of “leading more than two dozen National Guard troops to ambush my office unannounced and subsequently video record my staff without solicitation or consent.”
San Nicolas gave Greene Chamorro Chip Cookies and a history book about Guam, after she incorrectly referred to the U.S. territory as a foreign land during a speech at CPAC railing against federal financial aid going to other countries.
“I’m a regular, normal person. And I wanted to take my regular, normal person, normal, everyday American values, which is: We love our country. We believe our hard-earned tax dollars should just go for America, not for what, China, Russia, the Middle East, Guam — whatever, wherever,” Greene said.
She continued: “If we want to build roads, if we want to put money into schools, if we want to build border walls, we want it right here at home. This is easy to me; it’s easy to us, but it’s not easy to Washington.”
Republicans called Del. San Nicolas’ actions a “political stunt”. But Maj. Gen. Esther J.C. Aguigui of the Guam National Guard told the Military Times that the Guard remains a “non-partisan entity” and that they “appreciate Congressman San Nicolas’ efforts to represent our culture,” while thanking Greene for “helping raise awareness of Guamanians as citizens of the United States,” Forbes reports.
Greene is also asking the Pentagon to remove the razor wire surrounding the Capitol and to ensure members of the military aren’t used as political tools.