Immediately after Donald Trump is sworn in as president, the head of the D.C. National Guard, Major General Errol Schwartz, will follow orders and step down from his position.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Schwartz said “the timing is very unusual,” but he’s planning to follow the orders sent to him in an email from the Pentagon.
According to Fox News:
Unlike the commanders of state-level National Guard units, the head of the District’s National Guard serves at the pleasure of the president. At the time Schwartz departs, he will be in the midst of commanding thousands of Guard troops from the District and around the country who are providing support for the inauguration.
The Washington Post quotes Schwartz as saying, “My troops will be on the street. I’ll see them off, but I won’t be able to welcome them back to the armory.” He added, “I would never plan to leave a mission in the middle of a battle.”
The Washington Post, which has become an unreliable news source and a staunch critic of Trump, reported that there have been contradictory stories about why Schwartz is being removed at 12:01 p.m. on Friday. A person close to the Trump transition team reportedly said transition officials wanted to keep him, but the Army pushed for a replacement.
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