Trump Announces Next Pick for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

General Mark Milley would succeed Marine General Joseph Dunford to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Dunford would normally remain as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff until a scheduled October 1, 2019, handover.

President Trump is expected to nominate General Mark Milley, who now serves as Army Chief of Staff.

Mr. Trump made the announcement on Twitter before the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia Saturday.

In his more than 35 years in the military, Milley has commanded units with the 10th Mountain Division and the 101st Airborne and served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The chairman is the highest-ranking military officer in the country and serves as the principal military adviser to the President. More recently, he has worked with his senior officers to reverse a shortfall in Army recruiting when the service fell far short of its annual goal this year. Milley will have to be confirmed by the Senate to take this post.

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Dunford is a Marine Corps general. Milley tweeted that the Army "doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks", seemingly a rebuke of Mr. Trump's comments.

Although Kelly was not serving as Trump's chief of staff during the time he fired former FBI Director James Comey, Mueller's team nonetheless wanted him to answer some questions about what he remembered about key events surrounding the firing.

Previous chairmen served two two-year terms if they were re-nominated.

The Milley move starts a series of military leadership changes in coming months, including successors in 2019 for Adm. John Richardson as the chief of naval operations, Gen. Robert Neller as commandant of the Marine Corps, and Air Force Gen. Paul Selva as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

But in choosing the 60-year-old Milley, a graduate of Princeton University known for his combat command experience, Trump went against the wishes of Mattis, who reportedly favoured Air Force General David Goldfein.

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