Trump Nominates Army Chief Milley to Replace Joint Chiefs Chairman Dunford

Trump chooses new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, against Mattis wishes

President Donald Trump officially announced he will be nominating Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to serve as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Saturday.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the White House had yet to make the announcement public.

But he opted to announce the news on Twitter before heading to the game. Milley tweeted that the Army "doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks", seemingly a rebuke of Mr. Trump's comments.

Dunford's spokesman, Col. Patrick Ryder, said all indications are that Dunford will serve his full term.

Milley is known as a charismatic, outgoing leader who has not been afraid to offer candid and sometimes blunt assessments to Congress. There has not been an Air Force officer in the chairman's post since 2005.




He also served as deputy commanding general of US forces in Afghanistan.

The announcement has come months earlier than initially expected, as Dunford still has almost 10 months left in his term. Past year he admonished the House Armed Services Committee for its inability to approve a defense budget, slamming it as "professional malpractice". In 2016, he told lawmakers, in answer to a direct question, that women should also have to register for the draft now that they are allowed to serve in all combat jobs. He has served in numerous command and leadership position, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. Milley made the decision to charge Bergdahl in 2015 with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, for which Bergdahl ultimately received a dishonorable discharge but avoided prison time.

A native of Massachusetts, Milley holds degrees from Princeton University and Columbia University.

Inside the Pentagon, Milley was seen as one of two top choices to succeed Dunford alongside the Air Force's top officer, Gen. David Goldfein, a veteran fighter pilot who has served as chief of staff of his service since 2016. After the deadly white nationalist protest in Charlottesville in August 2017, Mr. Trump incited criticism by saying there were "good people on both sides" of the protest.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be done his second term in 2018.

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