He said on Monday that the troops will “protect state property to allow state police to patrol our streets, especially in the city of Atlanta.”
Bottoms backed Kemp’s decision in late May to deploy the National Guard after largely peaceful protests for racial justice turned violent. She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, however, that she staunchly opposed redeploying troops last week to protect state buildings.
“It’s a terrible visual to have military tanks on our streets. It has the potential to further inflame this already very tense situation. I personally think it’s overkill,” she said in a recent interview. “But don’t blame that on Atlanta. Call it what it is — you want to protect your buildings.”
The governor extended the order hours before his authorization was set to expire, and after days of little unrest in Atlanta’s streets.
Maj. Gen. Thomas Carden, the Georgia National Guard's adjutant general, reported a "peaceful" atmosphere last week, and state officials say no arrests have been made.
Kemp's decision also came on the same day Bottoms appeared on a virtual conference call with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who offered to send a team of coronavirus experts to Georgia to help with testing and contact tracing.
The governor and the mayor of Georgia's capital city have never been close personal allies, and Kemp's move last week to deploy the troops triggered escalating tension between them.
They've since clashed over Bottoms' signing of a mask mandate over the governor's objections and her announcement of new economic limits in the city to contain the coronavirus that Kemp says are unenforceable.
To see the order, read here.