Trump chooses chief of the Army to be top mil­i­tary ad­viser

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Lolita C. Bal­dor and Robert Burns

WASH­ING­TON >> Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will tap Gen. Mark Mil­ley as his next top mil­i­tary ad­viser, choos­ing a bat­tle-hard­ened com­man­der who has served as chief of the Army for the last three years, U.S. of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

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. Dun­ford, a for­mer com­man­dant of the Marine Corps and com­man­der of coali­tion troops in Afghanistan, is ex­pected to serve out his term as Joint Chiefs chair­man, which ends Oct. 1. Mil­ley, who com­manded troops dur­ing sev­eral tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, has served as the Army’s top of­fi­cer since Au­gust 2015. Sev­eral of­fi­cials con­firmed the de­ci­sion on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause it had not been an­nounced.

Trump is ex­pected to an­nounce his de­ci­sion Satur­day at the an­nual ArmyNavy foot­ball game in Philadel­phia.

The de­ci­sion caught some in the Pen­tagon by sur­prise on Fri­day. Nor­mally an an­nounce­ment on a new chair­man wouldn’t be ex­pected un­til early next year. The of­fi­cials said the Air Force chief, Gen. David Gold­fein, was also a strong con­tender for the job, but they in­di­cated that Mil­ley has a very good re­la­tion­ship with the pres­i­dent.

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