Pres­i­dent hints at pick for leader of joint chiefs

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WASH­ING­TON – Pres­i­dent Trump is ex­pected to name Gen. Mark A. Mil­ley, the Army chief of staff, to be the next chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top-rank­ing mil­i­tary po­si­tion in the coun­try, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

Trump teased the de­ci­sion in re­marks to re­porters at the White House, say­ing that he would make an an­nounce­ment at to­day’s Army-Navy foot­ball game in Philadel­phia.

“I can give you a lit­tle hint: It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and suc­ces­sion,” Trump said.

Trump met two weeks ago with Mil­ley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Gold­fein, the two men be­lieved to be in con­tention to suc­ceed Gen. Joseph Dun­ford of the Marines, whose term as chair­man ex­pires next year.

The pres­i­dent has long been known to have a pref­er­ence for Mil­ley, an ebul­lient of­fi­cer who is well-known in the halls of the Pen­tagon and at Army bases around the world.

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