President Trump on Saturday named Military Chief of Workers Gen. Mark Milley to succeed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers Gen. Joseph Dunford.
“I’m happy to announce my nomination of four-star Common Mark Milley, Chief of Workers of the USA Military – because the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers, changing Common Joe Dunford, who might be retiring,” Trump tweeted. “I’m grateful to each of those unimaginable males for his or her service to our Nation! Date of transition to be decided.”
Talking to reporters on Friday, Trump hinted an announcement associated to the Joint Chiefs of Workers was forthcoming as he unveiled different picks — William Barr for legal professional basic and Heather Nauert for U.N. ambassador.
“I’ve one other one for tomorrow that I’m going to be asserting on the Military-Navy sport,” Trump mentioned. “I may give you somewhat trace: It should do with the Joint Chiefs of Workers and succession.”
Trump had been anticipated to make the announcement on the Military-Navy sport, however made the announcement on Twitter as a substitute. Sometimes, the successor to the chairman wouldn’t be chosen till subsequent yr, on condition that Dunford is because of serve till Oct. 1, 2019.
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Sources instructed Fox Information on Friday that Dunford has no plans to finish his time period as chairman early. The subsequent chairman will serve for 4 years, as a substitute of two years. However a change was made in 2016 as a result of Congress wished continuity earlier than and after a presidential election.
Dunford was nominated to the publish in 2015 by former President Barack Obama. Trump nominated him for a second two-year time period final yr.
Milley assumed obligation because the chief of workers of the Military in 2015 after serving because the commander of Military Forces at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He has served in command and management positions, together with in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Fox Information’ John Roberts and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.