Trump Appoints Gen. Mark Milley Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff

US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley is President Donald Trump's choice to replace General Joseph Dunford as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley is President Donald Trump's choice to replace General Joseph Dunford as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

President Donald Trump says he's tapping Gen Mark Milley as his next top military adviser.

USA officials say President Donald Trump will nominate Army chief Gen. Mark Milley as his next top military adviser. Typically, the successor to the chairman would not be selected until next year, given that Dunford is due to serve until October 1, 2019.

Milley is known as a charismatic, outgoing leader who has not been afraid to offer candid and sometimes blunt assessments to Congress. A year ago he admonished the House Armed Services Committee for its inability to approve a defense budget, slamming it as "professional malpractice".

General Joseph Dunford's term as chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff is scheduled to end in October 2019

Milley was also involved in the launch of Army Futures Command which is tasked with helping modernize the service. He has served in command and leadership positions, including in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is a former commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group. Though Trump asked Kelly over the summer to stay on as chief of staff for two more years, the two have stopped speaking in recent days. If confirmed, he will be the first chairman to serve a single four-year term instead of a two-year term with the possibility of a second - a change which was made in the latest National Defense Authorization Act.

Although Kelly was not serving as Trump's chief of staff during the time he fired former FBI Director James Comey, Mueller's team nonetheless wanted him to answer some questions about what he remembered about key events surrounding the firing. Dunford is expected to serve out his term.

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