Vastavam web: U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to name the Army’s top general, Mark Milley, as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. officials told on Friday, in a decision that appears to be coming months earlier than expected. Trump hinted earlier on Friday that he would be announcing new military leadership on Saturday when he attends the Army-Navy football game. The Pentagon declined to comment and was not expected to issue any statements before Trump speaks on Saturday.
The expected change at the Pentagon comes as Trump overhauls his administration’s top leadership positions in the wake of the November mid-term elections. On Friday, he announced his picks for attorney general and ambassador to the United Nations. Like many of America’s top generals, Milley comes from a military family, with both his parents having served in World War Two. Milley was two decades into his military carrier when al Qaeda militants launched the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against Washington and New York City.
“When that happened, I said I can’t retire: I had to stay until this thing is done,” Milley told a publication linked to Princeton University, his alma mater, in 2014. As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Milley would not be expected to usher in any major strategic shifts for the U.S. military. His views on the threats from Russia and China are in step with Pentagon top brass and the Trump administration.