WASHINGTON – the head of the District of Columbia National Guard has been ordered to resign immediately after President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
A guard spokesman, Maj. Byron Coward, said Friday that Maj. Gen. Errol Schwartz will resign at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 20, just after Trump is sworn in.
In contrast to the commanders of the level of the state National Guard units, the head of the District National Guard serves at the pleasure of the president. At the time Schwartz leaves, he will be in the middle of the commander of thousands of Guard troops of the District and in the entire country that his support for the inauguration.
Schwartz told The Washington Post in an interview, “the timing is very unusual”, but that he is following orders.