Martial law in America was declared by the president in the wake of the deadly protests that broke out during the inauguration.
It was the latest in a series of nationwide events that have shaken the nation, with police departments, schools, workplaces and churches closed, and even many major corporations closed.
At one point, the US was in the midst of its most severe political crisis in a generation, with President Donald Trump facing allegations of obstruction of justice and obstruction of Congress, and he was in deep trouble.
The Trump administration has blamed the demonstrations on an “organized, violent” network of protesters, including those who participated in the Black Lives Matter movement.
The US is not in full-blown martial law, however, as the Department of Homeland Security said in a tweet on Thursday that it is “still operating under a state of emergency”.
“As a result, federal agencies, and the private sector, are prohibited from conducting business, and any and all activity that could compromise federal, state, local, tribal, and tribal government, law enforcement, or other critical government functions, including interstate commerce, will be prohibited,” the department said.
President Donald Trump walks to the U.S. Capitol to sign an executive order at the Capitol in Washington, DC, US January 3, 2021.
President Donald J. Trump speaks during a press conference at the White House in Washington on January 3.
Trump is due to take office on January 20.
Trump, however,, is not expected to be formally sworn in until late February.
He was sworn in on February 8, but is not scheduled to leave the White Houses office until February 18.
The Department of Defense (DOD) on Thursday also issued a statement saying it was still operating under martial law and was “still in full force and effect”.
“The United States remains in full martial law as a result of the actions of some rogue individuals,” the statement said.
“However, the Department continues to carry out our mission to protect the homeland and protect our people, and will continue to do so.”
DOD also noted that it was working closely with the Department to “establish a clear and coherent strategy to respond to the growing threat posed by these individuals”.
“We are working closely together to identify a path forward, and we will work closely with our Congress to ensure we take the necessary steps to ensure that these individuals are identified and prosecuted as needed,” the agency said.
The Trump transition team also issued its own statement on Thursday, in which it said it was “in the process of finalising the plan” to implement martial law.
“This plan is being worked on and reviewed by the team,” the team said.
“We believe that we can achieve this goal through a combination of increased staffing and redeployment to the region and the use of existing infrastructure to help meet the immediate needs of the American people.”
The statement did not specify the exact locations of the airports, schools and businesses that would be closed, nor whether any specific locations would be shut down.
In the wake the unrest, a number of companies were forced to close their doors for the first time in their history.
In a tweet, the White, House and Pentagon said that all federal employees were being ordered to leave their homes by noon on Wednesday.
“The safety and security of our employees is our top priority,” the White house said.
“We’re working closely and efficiently with federal agencies and other key stakeholders to make sure that they’re fully prepared for the disruption of martial law.”
The department also said that it would be opening all schools, colleges, colleges and universities throughout the US.
More than 200,000 federal employees and military personnel will be under a lockdown, with the DHS warning that “critical infrastructure” would be under “unprecedented” and “unimaginable” threat.
DHS also said it would open a “continuous nationwide” lockdown.
“Our response will be comprehensive, and it will include full mobilization of our national, state and local law enforcement agencies,” the tweet said.