Fact Check: Joe Biden Did NOT Send National Guard To Texas - He Can Only Send Homeland Security & FEMA

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Joe Biden Did NOT Send National Guard To Texas - He Can Only Send Homeland Security & FEMA Gov's Job

Did Joe Biden send the National Guard to Texas with food, water and temporary shelter? No, he did not: Each state's National Guard unit is under the command and control of the governor, not the president, and Governor Abbott of Texas has activated the Guard help with the extreme winter storm problems. Biden authorized "Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts," a release posted on the official White House website that same day explained.

The claim appeared as a post (archived here) where it was published on Facebook on February 18, 2021. It opened:

Why hasn't Joe sent the National Guard to Texas with Food and Water and Temporary Shelter?

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Feb 19 20:01:24 2021 UTC)

All states have an army national guard and an air national guard and the governor serves as the commander-in-chief, not the president.

The Texas Military Department deployed guard members around the state as the winter storm took out power and water for millions of people and they tweet frequently about their efforts.

Governor Abbott also tweeted about the Texas National Guard's help during the storm.

ABC 13 in Texas reported about the guardsmen deployment:

According to the Texas Military Department public affairs staff, guardsmen are currently in Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Dallas-Fort Worth, Abilene and Waco. In an update sent to ABC13 late Tuesday night, The TMD is also mobilizing more than 300 service members to Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas-Fort Worth to help man warming stations to support those without power and water."

President Biden has taken action to aid Texas and other states affected by the extreme winter storm. "President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Texas Emergency Declaration," was the title of the order he signed Sunday, February 14, 2021, which was posted on the White House website. The declaration read:

The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all 254 Texas counties. Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures for mass care and sheltering and direct federal assistance will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

Biden posted several tweets on his @POTUS and @JoeBiden accounts about Texas and noted he had a telephone call with Governor Abbott.

On February 19, 2021 the White House pool press report noted, "Biden said he will sign a major disaster declaration for Texas possibly as soon as this afternoon. Spoke with Abbott last night about FEMA relief."

Lead Stories previously debunked the claim that Biden has been silent about the situation in Texas. He has made several public statements about the storm and its effects and pledged aid to Texas as well as the other states affected by the storm.

A readout of President Biden's February 16, 2021 call with the governors was released by the White House that day. It was reported on by Oklahoma News 4, WLBT 3 in Mississippi and The Washington Post.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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