Trump to name new Joint Chiefs chairman, sources say

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley listens to a question while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Army's fiscal 2018 budget

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley listens to a question while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Army's fiscal 2018 budget

Trump said on Twitter that Milley, now the Army chief of staff, would take over as the top US military commander from Marine General Joseph Dunford at a date to be determined.

He commanded the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division; the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division; served as the Deputy Commanding General for the 101st Airborne (Air Assault); and served as the Commanding General for 10th Mountain Division.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the White House had yet to make the announcement public. Milley tweeted that the Army "doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks", seemingly a rebuke of Mr. Trump's comments.

Trump teased his forthcoming decision to reporters as he left the White House en route to Kansas City on Friday morning just after announcing several other high-profile nominations for his administration. Milley will have to be confirmed by the Senate to take this post.

He turned command over to Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland in July 2014 after he was confirmed for promotion to general and a new assignment as the commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Two defense officials tell CNN that Milley and Trump will be together on the Army side of the field during tomorrow's game and then Trump is expected to visit the Navy side during the second half of the game.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff serve as the executive branch's top military advisers.

Dunford was picked as chairman of the Joint Chiefs in 2015 by former President Barack Obama.

Milley made the early decision to charge Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

The Milley move starts a series of military leadership changes in coming months, including successors in 2019 for Adm. John Richardson as the chief of naval operations, Gen. Robert Neller as commandant of the Marine Corps, and Air Force Gen. Paul Selva as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

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