US President Donald Trump today announced the nomination of General Mark Milley as the new head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, and the withdrawal of Joseph Dunford, who has been in that position since 2015, when he was appointed by ex-President Barack Obama .
"I am delighted to announce my nomination of four-star general Mark Milley, current Chief of Staff of the US Army, as head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing General Dunford, who will retire," Trump wrote in his account. of Twitter.
"I am grateful to these two incredible men for their service to our country! The date of the transition is to be determined," he added.
Milley, 60, must be confirmed by the Senate to hold the position of chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which is the highest ranking military post in the United States and the chief military advisor to the US president. and the Secretary of Defense.
Milley's nomination, which currently runs the Army branch, was the subject of rumors since Friday, but Trump was expected to announce it a few hours later, during the traditional annual football game between the Army and the Navy. the president will attend in Philadelphia.
The announcement comes sooner than expected, given that Dunford still has nearly ten months in office before the end of his term.
According to the Washington Post, Trump chose Milley despite the fact that Pentagon chief Jim Mattis had recommended him to select the general responsible for another military branch, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, David Goldfein.
Trump's decision points to a possible loss of Mattis influence in the White House, although the Pentagon chief also has a good relationship with Milley, the Post said.
Milley has behind him an acclaimed career as a commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other missions, and a more lively personality than Dunford, who has avoided public outbreaks during his term in office.