Trump chooses chief of the Army to be top military adviser

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A former commander of Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division is reportedly being tapped as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The chairman is the highest-ranking military officer in the country and serves as the principal military adviser to the president.

Mr. Trump made the announcement on Twitter before the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia Saturday.

West Wing officials widely believe that chief of staff John Kelly's departure is imminent and that Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Pence, will replace him.

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Milley who holds degrees from Princeton University and Columbia University, is known to be liked by Trump.

Milley will be the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to serve a single 4-year term.

As the Army's top leader, he helped shepherd the groundbreaking move of women into front-line infantry and other combat positions, while warning that it would take time to do it right.

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He also served as deputy commanding general of USA forces in Afghanistan. Though Trump asked Kelly over the summer to stay on as chief of staff for two more years, the two have stopped speaking in recent days.

Dunford was nominated to the post in 2015 by former US President Barack Obama. Milley tweeted that the Army "doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks", seemingly a rebuke of Mr. Trump's comments. Dunford is expected to serve out his term.

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