President Trump Saturday morning announced his intention to nominate Army Gen. Mark Milley as his next top military adviser.
If he is confirmed by the Senate, Milley will take over for Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who also served in the Obama administration. He’s expected to retire in 2019, when his second, two-year term is set to expire.
“I am pleased to announce my nomination of four-star General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the United States Army — as the Chairman as the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing General Joe Dunford, who will be retiring ” the President tweeted just before 9:30 a.m.
“I am thankful to both of these incredible men for their service to our Country! Date of transition to be determined!”
Milley, a Princeton and Columbia graduate as well as a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, has served as the Army’s top officer since August 2015. In his new role, he’ll be tasked with overseeing American troops fighting all over the world and providing the President with sound military advice
News of Milley’s nomination comes amid a broader shake-up in the Trump administration. The President on Friday announced he would appoint William Barr as Jeff Session’s replacement for Attorney General and that State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert would be the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Later in the afternoon, Trump hinted he would make another announcement ahead of the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, which he is scheduled to attend.
“”I have another one for tomorrow that I’m going to be announcing at the Army-Navy game,” he said. “I can give you a little hint: It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and succession.”
Instead, the President opted to make the reveal on social media after an all-caps tweet taking aim at special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“AFTER TWO YEARS AND MILLIONS OF PAGES OF DOCUMENTS (and a cost of over $30,000,000), NO COLLUSION!
Trump wrote, fresh off Friday’s filings pertaining to the Mueller probe.
He also ranted about the Paris Agreement — aimed at combating climate change — and claimed, without evidence, that French citizens are rioting and clamoring for his style of leadership.
“The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris,” he said. “Protests and riots all over France. People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting ‘We Want Trump!’ Love France.”