Trump Names Milley to Succeed Dunford as Joint Chiefs Chairman

Trump Names Milley to Succeed Dunford as Joint Chiefs Chairman

He teased the news Friday, and on the next day, President Trump made it official: Mark Milley has earned his nomination to be the new chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, per the Hill. "I am thankful to both of these incredible men for their service to our Country!"

Trump said the date of transition is still to be determined.

After telling reporters on Friday he would nominate William Barr to be the next attorney general and Heather Nauert as the US ambassador to the United Nations, the president hinted that another personnel move is coming.

He hinted then that he would have an announcement related to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when speaking with reporters.

Dunford, a former commandant of the Marine Corps, is expected to serve out his term as Joint Chiefs chairman, which ends next October 1.

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Sources told Fox News on Friday that Dunford has no plans to end his term as chairman early.

Milley commanded troops during several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and has served as the Army's top officer since August 2015.

A former commander of Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division is reportedly being tapped as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Mr. Trump re-nominated him in 2017 for a second term.

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