UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — General Mark Milley, 61, became the new chief of staff on Monday and became military adviser to President Donald Trump.
“You can be confident that I will always give you informed, frank and unbiased military advice,” said the new chief of staff, who was outspoken after Trump was sworn in.
“You are my friend, my adviser, and I deserve this position, I have never doubted that,” Trump said in a speech to end the swearing-in ceremony.
General Milai is a brilliant officer who graduated from Princeton University and took part in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
General Joe Danford, who was appointed by Barack Obama to the post in 2015 for two years, and in 2017, Trump renewed his two-year term.
In December, Trump chose Gen. Milay as the chief of staff to succeed General Danford, who was opposed by then defense secretary Jim Mattis, and would have preferred to nominate Air Force chief of staff General David Goldstein.
The new chief of staff benefits from a law passed in 2017 to double the mandate of the chief of staff and his deputy (two to four years) to ensure military continuity despite successive US administrations.
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