by Pamela Williams
First of all, Major General Schwartz will not be FIRED by President-elect Trump. In fact, Trump asked Schwartz to handle the Inauguration for him, but the Major General refused. In an interview with the Washington Post, Major General Errol Schwartz seemed to suggest he’d been pushed out of the job, to which he was first appointed to by George W. Bush in 2008, by the incoming administration. Following that comment, the Washington Post insinuated that President-elect Trump pushed Schwartz from his post. The below is the truth and nothing but the truth:
According to FOX News,
“The Trump Transition team reportedly offered to let him keep his job until the ceremonies were over. Maj. Gen Schwartz refused. It appears he would rather argue his would rather argue his case though in the press.”
The original story on The Washington Post site mentioned only the memo and did not mention the standard letters of resignation, Further it had received no comment at all from the Trump people (or the military for that matter). The original article implied there may be some kind of craziness behind the change based solely on this secret memo they had, strongly making people think that Trump fired this guy in midstream. However, the Washington Post had gotten the “fake news” out there, and other news sites picked it up.
Another important thing I would like to point out, there is a replacement for Schwartz who will immediately take over at 12:01.
DC National Guard Spokesman Major Byron B. Coward told WUSA9. “There’s not going to be any disconnect or anything of that nature.”
Through Major Coward, Schwartz declined a request to be interviewed for this report.
When General Schwartz steps down he will be replaced by Brigadier General William J. Walker, who will assume the title of acting commanding general. The Trump transition team has not yet decided on whom to appoint for the role permanently, a senior transition source said Friday.
At an Inauguration planning event on December 14th of last year, General Walker spoke with WUSA9 about the pending transition of presidential power. He could just as well have been talking about his own impending change in position.
“There’s a sense that you’re actually witnessing history,” Walker said of Inauguriation day. “You are. You’re witnessing history. You’re witnessing the transfer of power.”