Trump seen picking Milley as next Chairman of Joint Chiefs

Trump chooses new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, against Mattis wishes

Milley tweeted that the Army "doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks", seemingly a rebuke of Mr. Trump's comments. "Date of transition to be determined".

The chairman is the highest-ranking military officer in the country and serves as the principal military adviser to the President.

Princeton-educated Milley, 60, has served four decades in the Army, including command positions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Joseph Dunford, who took on the role in 2015, is expected to serve out his term, which expires later next year.

Goldfein began his term as Air Force chief of staff in 2016, so wouldn't be expected to step down until the summer of 2020.

President Donald Trump has indicated he will make an announcement at Saturday's Army-Navy game and no one in the Pentagon seems to have the foggiest idea what he is talking about. He is a former commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group.

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"On the future battlefield, if you stay in one place longer than two or three hours, you will be dead", Milley said in 2016.

Dunford is a former commandant of the Marine Corps and commander of coalition troops in Afghanistan.

And he is the architect of the Army's other newest units - it's Security Force Assistance Brigades, which are created to carry the weight of the service's mission to train, assist and advise partner nation militaries to combat insurgents or other adversaries. The first, from Fort Benning in Georgia, just returned from its inaugural deployment in Afghanistan and the second, from Fort Bragg, is slated to deploy to Afghanistan early next year.

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".

US President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn after returning to the White House in Washington, US, December 7, 2018.

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