Texas Governor Gregory Abbott shared his disagreement about the President's requirement for the Texas National Guard to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In his news release, he stated he was "protecting the Texas National Guard from President Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate."
This comes days after Governor Abbott asked the Federal government for support on COVID-19 testing and treatment.
“Testing sites, additional medical staff, and continued shipments of therapeutics from the federal government will help us continue to save lives and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Detecting COVID-19 and preventing COVID-related hospitalizations are critical to our fight against this virus."
Recently, Abbott shared his support over Texas National Guard who refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine that the Biden administration authorized under the Department of Defense requirement.
Governor Abbott has shared his stance against Texans forced to wear a mask due to COVID-19
Texas Governor challenger Allen West said:
"This falls squarely on the shoulders of the person that ordered the commencement of Operation Lone Star and that's you, Governor Abbott."
Recently two National Guardsmen tried to harm themself. A Texas Military Department spokesperson told the Army Times that the deaths were part of an open investigation, pending final cause of death.
The Army Times reported two more incidents where soldiers tied to the mission harmed themselves. A soldier in McAllen attempted suicide but survived and is recovering. This happened the week between Christmas and New Year's Day,
In the second incident, is currently under investigation according to the Army Time. An off-duty soldier from the same unit accidentally shot himself in the head with his personal weapon.
West also called for the resignation of the adjutant general of the National Guard, General Tracy R. Norris.
Abbott spokesperson Renae Eze did not address the call for Norris' resignation and referred questions about West's claims to the Texas Military Department. Instead, she blamed the Biden administration for a "61-year record-high number" of border apprehensions in the state and touted statistics tied to the mission.
"Since Governor Abbott launched Operation Lone Star in March, National Guard soldiers and DPS troopers have apprehended over 85,000 migrants, arrested over 9,600 who committed a border-related crime, including smugglers and human traffickers, seized over 208 million lethal doses of fentanyl, and erected strategic barriers to stem the flow of illegal immigration," Eze said in the statement. "Texas is beyond grateful for the brave men and women of the National Guard and DPS who are diligently and selflessly securing the border in the federal government’s absence. We continue working with service leaders to ensure all who are deployed in Texas and overseas have the support they need to keep forging ahead and serve our great state and our nation."
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