President hints at pick for leader of joint chiefs
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.