Trump chooses chief of the Army to be top military adviser
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.