Trump picks General Mark Milley as next top military adviser

Howard TerryDec 08, 2018

USA officials say President Donald Trump will nominate Army chief Gen. Mark Milley as his next top military adviser.

President Donald Trump on Saturday nominated Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

This latest shake-up follows the announcements of William Barr as Trump's pick for the next AG and Heather Nauert as United Nations ambassador.

"I have another one for tomorrow that I'm going to be announcing at the Army-Navy game", he said. He has been Army chief of staff since 2015.

As Fox News noted, Dunford's term is up in October of next year and sources told the network he "has no plans to end his term as chairman early". A change was made in 2016 because Congress wanted continuity before and after a presidential election.

Milley assumed command of Fort Hood on December 20, 2012, succeeding Lt. Gen. Don M. Campbell, Jr. who left to command U.S. Army Europe and the Seventh Army in Germany.

Dunford was nominated to the post in 2015 by former US President Barack Obama. After the deadly white nationalist protest in Charlottesville in August 2017, Mr. Trump incited criticism by saying there were "good people on both sides" of the protest. He has commanded units with the 10th Mountain Division and the 101st Airborne and served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

- Adam Shaw is a reporter covering US and European politics for Fox News.

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