Trump to name Milley new Joint Chiefs chairman

Trump to name Milley new Joint Chiefs chairman

Milley is a battle-hardened commander who has served as chief of the Army for the last three years.

If chosen, Milley would succeed the current chairman, Gen. Joseph Dunford, whose term expires later next year. He has commanded units with the 10th Mountain Division and the 101st Airborne and served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Trump hinted an announcement related to the Joint Chiefs of Staff was forthcoming as he unveiled other picks - William Barr for attorney general and Heather Nauert for United Nations ambassador. Normally an announcement on a new chairman wouldn't be expected until early next year.

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

United Nations rejects first attempt to condemn Hamas
The vote was a personal defeat for Haley in what is likely to be one of her final major actions as the USA envoy. Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon said the countries that rejected the draft resolution should be ashamed.

Mr. Trump made the announcement on Twitter before the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia Saturday.

Dunford originally was nominated for the Joint Chiefs position by former President Barack Obama, serving an initial two-year term.

West Wing officials widely believe that chief of staff John Kelly's departure is imminent and that Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Pence, will replace him.

He says: "I can give you a little hint: It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and succession". Milley tweeted that the Army "doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks", seemingly a rebuke of Mr. Trump's comments.

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