President Reportedly Will Name Milley As Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman

President Donald Trump right talks with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley left during the Army Navy NCAA college football game in Philadelphia Saturday Dec. 8 2018. Trump announced that Milley will be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Sta

President Donald Trump right talks with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley left during the Army Navy NCAA college football game in Philadelphia Saturday Dec. 8 2018. Trump announced that Milley will be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Sta

Milley is a battle-hardened commander who has served as chief of the Army for the last three years.

If confirmed by the Senate, Milley would succeed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the pinnacle of a military career.

President Donald Trump is expected to name Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to two United States officials.

The officials confirmed the decision Friday on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced.

Trump hinted the announcement would be coming earlier Friday when he said he would be making an announcement at the Army-Navy football game he will be attending Saturday in Philadelphia.

"I have another one for tomorrow that I'm going to be announcing at the Army-Navy game", Trump said, according to a White House pool report. Typically, the successor to the chairman would not be selected until next year, given that Dunford is due to serve until October 1, 2019. The next chairman will serve for four years, instead of two years.

Dunford was nominated to the post in 2015 by former US President Barack Obama.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff serve as the executive branch's top military advisers. Trump re-nominated him in 2017 for a second term. Milley tweeted that the Army "doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks", seemingly a rebuke of Mr. Trump's comments.

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