Trump Picks Gen. Mark Milley as Next Top Military Adviser

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"I can give you a little hint: It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and succession".

Speaking to reporters earlier Friday, Trump hinted an announcement related to the Joint Chiefs of Staff was forthcoming as he unveiled other picks.

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 U.S. officials.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Trump hinted an announcement related to the Joint Chiefs of Staff was forthcoming as he unveiled other picks - William Barr for attorney general and Heather Nauert for United Nations ambassador.

President Donald Trump on Saturday named Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to succeed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford.

The officials at the Pentagon downplayed the unconventional nature of the expected announcement, and one said Trump's early decision was not a reflection on his opinion of Dunford.

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Yesterday, he also announced that chief of staff John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, would leave by year's end. He has served in command and leadership positions, including in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Earlier on Friday, Trump told reporters that he meant to make a personnel announcement at Saturday's Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia.

If confirmed, Milley will replace Marine Corps Gen. Joseph "Fighting Joe" Dunford.

"He's a battle-tested commander and Pentagon reformer who will be a worthy successor to General Dunford", said Graham, who sits on the Armed Services Committee.

Milley who holds degrees from Princeton University and Columbia University, is known to be liked by Trump. An infantry officer by training, he also commanded Special Forces units in a career that included deployments in the invasion of Panama in 1989; the multinational mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina to implement the Dayton Peace Accords; and the Iraq war.

President Trump re-nominated him in 2017 for a second term.