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Blunt says it would be 'mistake' to keep Capitol fencing up

 Blunt says it would be 'mistake' to keep Capitol fencing up
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Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenate GOP to face off over earmarks next week Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP Biden outreach on infrastructure met with Republican skepticism MORE (R-Mo.) suggested on Sunday that the fencing around the Capitol should still be removed in the wake of an attack on the premise on Friday in which a suspect rammed his car into a barricade. 

“I think it would be a mistake for fencing to be a permanent part of the Capitol,” Blunt told "This Week" host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosBiden was right to call Putin a 'killer' — but is he doing enough to save Alexei Navalny? Senate Republican targets infrastructure package's effect on small business job creators Energy secretary: 'We don't want to use past definitions of infrastructure' MORE. “Fencing can create a false sense of security on a daily basis.”

Blunt said that while having fencing up for certain occasions, such as inaugurations, could serve as an "important element" it was unnecessary as a permanent structure. 

"The message we send is the wrong message," Blunt said. "Frankly, we're probably preparing for the wrong thing. The idea that what happens next at Capitol will be what happened last is almost certain not to be the case."

Fencing went up around the complex following the Jan. 6 riot in which supporters of former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE stormed the Capitol in protest to Congress certifying the Electoral College votes that affirmed President BidenJoe BidenHouse panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations Democrats to offer bill to expand Supreme Court Former Israeli prime minister advises Iran to 'cool down' amid nuclear threats MORE as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

Blunt said it was not unusual for the Capitol to be a target.