General in Charge of Security at Trump’s Inauguration to Step Down at Odd Time

Donald Trump generates controversy. That’s only to state the obvious. It almost seems that the man thrives on it. He’s certainly not afraid to call out the media or his political opponents. It’s actually a joy to watch. Needless to say, he has upset an awful lot of people — some of whom plan to show up for the inauguration and commit violence. Then you can add to that the usual terrorist threats, and you have an event with unprecedented security needs.

So when there are odd happenings with regard to security preparations, it’s normal to question what’s going on.

The Army general who heads the D.C. National Guard and has an integral part in overseeing the inauguration said Friday that he will be removed from command effective at 12:01 p.m. Jan. 20, just as Donald Trump is sworn in as president.

Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz’s departure will come in the middle of the presidential ceremony — classified as a national special security event — and while thousands of his troops are deployed to help protect the nation’s capital during an inauguration he has spent months helping to plan.

“My troops will be on the street,” said Schwartz, who turned 65 in October. “I’ll see them off, but I won’t be able to welcome them back to the armory.” He said he would “never plan to leave a mission in the middle of a battle.”

Seems like a strange time for the man to be replaced — right in the middle of the progress of the biggest security event in the nation. What else do we know about this?

Schwartz, who was appointed to head the Guard by President George W. Bush in 2008, maintained the position through President Obama’s two terms. He said his orders came from the Pentagon in the form of an email that names his interim successor, a brigadier general, who takes over at 12:01 p.m. next Friday.

Army Maj. Jamie Davis, a spokesman at the Defense Department, said Schwartz is classified as a “non-career status employee.” He noted that the interim commander “is ready to assume complete mission” and handle the inauguration.

This could be a situation where Schwartz has supervised and led the preparations leading up to the inauguration, and it’s simply a matter of sub-commanders following the plan and taking pre-planned actions if emergencies occur. In other words, Schwartz’s work might actually be finished such that a competent replacement can be briefed on the preparations and confidently take over at any point.

On the other hand, for those who are not satisfied that all is well with this, a more sinister motive and plan might be considered. Could it be that part of what might be called the Deep State is interested in doing just the opposite of protecting the president? Recall that Mr. Trump has made some remarks regarding the intelligence community that resemble those of one of his predecessors.

For that line of thought, we share this video along with our hopes and prayers for a safe and successful inauguration event.

Source: Washington Post

Photo: Stripes



Leave a Reply

Pin It on Pinterest