The leader of the District of Columbia National Guard has been told to step down to the minute after President-elect Donald Trump takes office, sparking political controversy over who gave the order for the decision and the timing of the departure.
Maj. Gen. Errol Schwartz, a political appointee, says the timing is “very unusual,” seen, he sends Gunmen to protect Trump and hundreds of thousands of others on the Day of the Inauguration, but must resign in the minutes after He is sworn in Jan. 20 in the afternoon.
“My forces will be on the street,” he told The Washington Post. “I see them, but I will not be able to welcome them back to the armory.”
However, the head of the District National Guard serves at the pleasure of the president, in contrast to the commanders of the level of the state National Guard units.
And a senior Ministry of Defense official tells Fox News that the Trump presidential transition team, after learning about the situation, offered Schwartz, a Bush appointee, a few extra days on the job, but that he refused.
A person close to the team reportedly told members indeed wanted to keep Schwartz, but that the Army pushed for a replacement.
A senior Defense official also told Fox that the Army was not consulted, nor a notification about the Draft decision.
“The Army leadership had nothing to do with the decision,” the official said.
Schwartz reportedly said the final orders came in an e-mail from the Pentagon.
Just as hundreds of other political appointments, Schwartz must tender his resignation and leave his post immediately after Trump, a Republican, officially takes office.
But Phil Mendelson, a Democrat and chairman of the DC Council, also questioned the timing of the move.
“It has no meaning can be generally in the middle of an active implementation,” he told The Post.
He also said that Schwartz ‘ s sudden departure will be a long-term loss for the District.
“He is really very very good in working with the community, and my impression was that he was good for the Guard.”
Schwartz will be replaced by the Brig. Gen. William J. Walker, who is in the D. C. National Guard and the incoming deputy commander-general.
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.