Trump picks Army chief of staff as next top military adviser

09 December, 2018, 07:44 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • 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

After meeting with both Milley and Goldfein, it seems that Trump preferred the army general, who was more outgoing than the cerebral Air Force chief, and laced his discussions with humour and historical references.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday announced he was nominating Army chief of staff General Mark Milley as his next top military advisor - a new slap in the face for Pentagon chief Jim Mattis.

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

"We are aware of the president's nomination and share his confidence for Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the United States Army, to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff", Air Force Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, a Pentagon spokesman, said Saturday. "Date of transition to be determined", Trump posted on Twitter. While serving as the Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood, he deployed as the Commanding General, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Forces - Afghanistan.

His term as Joint Chiefs chairman ends October 1. He has commanded units with the 10th Mountain Division and the 101st Airborne and served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. 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. The next chairman will serve for four years, instead of two years.


Trump hinted earlier Friday that he would be making an announcement on Saturday, when he attends the game and is expected to perform the coin toss to decide which team gets the ball first.

Milley must be confirmed by the US Senate. "I have another one for tomorrow that I'm going to be announcing at the Army-Navy game", Trump said.

Milley has previously been at odds with Mr. Trump.

Joseph Dunford, who took on the role in 2015, is expected to serve out his term, which expires later next year.

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