President Donald Trump introduced Saturday that he’s picked a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation’s subsequent high army adviser.
If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Mark Milley, who has been chief of the Military since August 2015, would succeed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees. Mr. Dunford’s time period doesn’t finish till October 1. Mr. Trump mentioned the date of transition is but to be decided.
Mr. Trump tweeted the announcement, saying “I’m happy to announce my nomination of four-star Basic Mark Milley, Chief of Employees of America Military – because of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees, changing Normal Joe Dunford, who shall be retiring. I’m grateful to each of those unimaginable males for his or her service to our Nation!”
Mr. Dunford is a former commandant of the Marine Corps and commander of coalition troops in Afghanistan. Mr. Milley commanded troops throughout a number of excursions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mr. Trump’s determination, which he introduced earlier than leaving Washington to attend the annual Military-Navy soccer sport in Philadelphia, caught some within the Pentagon abruptly on Friday. Usually, an announcement on a brand new chairman wouldn’t be anticipated till early subsequent 12 months. The officers mentioned the Air Drive chief, Gen. David Goldfein, was additionally a powerful contender for the job, however, they indicated that Milley has an excellent relationship with the President.
Mr. Trump hinted earlier on Friday that he would make an announcement on Saturday when he attends the sport and is anticipated to carry out the coin toss to resolve which staff will get the ball first. “I may give you a bit trace– It must do with the Joint Chiefs of Employees and succession,” he stated.