Washington: US President Donald Trump has announced he was nominating Army chief of staff General Mark Milley as his next top military adviser — a new slap in the face for Pentagon chief Jim Mattis. Milley, a four-star general who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, would replace General Joseph Dunford as the military’s next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Dunford is scheduled to retire in October 2019 at the end of his second two-year term. “I am thankful to both of these incredible men for their service to our Country!” Trump said on Twitter in making the announcement. “Mark is a great gentleman, great soldier. I look forward to that,” Trump then told reporters before heading to the annual Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.
But in choosing the 60-year-old Milley, a graduate of Princeton University known for his combat command experience, Trump went against the wishes of Mattis, who reportedly favoured Air Force General David Goldfein.