The head of the D.C. National Guard was just told that he will be removed from his position effective Inauguration day at 12:01 pm.
U.S. Army Major General Errol R. Schwartz is the head of the D.C. National Guard. Schwartz was appointed to head the guard back in 2008 by George Bush. But he told the Washington Post on Friday that he has been fired from his position effective Inauguration day at 12:01 pm….which happens to be right around the time that Donald Trump will be sworn in.
It’s odd timing for this firing, because it will happen right in the middle of a Presidential ceremony. The Inauguration is classified as a national special security event. And there will be thousands of Schwartz’s troops deployed to protect the capital during the event.
The Post reports,
“During the inauguration, Schwartz would command not only the members of the D.C. guard but also an additional 5,000 unarmed troops sent in from across the country to help. He also would oversee military air support protecting the nation’s capital during the inauguration.”
Schwartz, who has spent months planning and preparing for the Inauguration said, “The timing is extremely unusual.”
Schwartz said that his orders came from the Pentagon, but he doesn’t know who made the decision. And he also doesn’t know why he is being terminated, especially in the middle of an Inauguration.
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) said,
“It doesn’t make sense to can the general in the middle of an active deployment. He’s been really very good at working with the community and my impression was that he was good for the Guard.”
But even with the suspicious firing Schwartz remains a loyal soldier.
“I’m a soldier. I’m a presidential appointee, therefore the president has the power to remove me.”
It is unclear if this move will have any impact on the big Women’s March taking place in D.C. the day after the Inauguration on January 21.