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U.S. trucker convoy faces several issues on its trek into Washington D.C.

Organized convoys of American truckers have begun arriving in the nation’s capital this week, with goals of disrupting DC-Metro area traffic in protest of COVID-19 mask and vaccine mandates, but the convoy movement has had a rocky start.

Convoy leader Bob Bolus, who was set to lead a convoy from Scranton, Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning, had to delay the journey due to two flat tires on his truck. Bolus claims about 20 trucks were at the starting point, but by the time the convoy reached D.C. during evening rush hour, only Bolus’ truck and a handful of pickup trucks and SUVs were seen by locals on the Capital Beltway.

Bolus declared his convoy a success on Thursday in spite of small numbers. Bolus said though the convoy did not disrupt traffic, but rather drove around the Beltway in circles along with D.C. traffic, he believes the convoy’s message was delivered to the world.

“We are Americans and this is our country,” Bolus said. “And we need to have the freedom to do what we want. We’re the power. The transportation industry is in control of the economy in this country. We are hopeful that they paid attention and we get something resolved.”

There are other convoys headed to the capital this week from other parts of the country, timing their arrival to interfere with President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, though their numbers are still unclear.

In anticipation of their arrival and any possible disruption they cause, The Secret Service, The Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, Capitol Police and other law enforcement agencies have ramped up security measures in the city.

DHS sent a bulletin on Thursday warning of the convoys’ arrival. “The scope, scale and proposed locations of the US convoy activity may pose risks to the public safety, emergency response, and DHS operations,” DHS said.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: THE DAILY BEAST

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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