President Trump congratulated the General, calling him his friend and trusted adviser.
President Donald Trump congratulated General Mark Milley on taking office as head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Trump attended the swearing-in ceremony, which was held at a military base in Arlington, Virginia. Regarding the rainy weather, the President noted that rain brings good luck and said, “Mark, I think you will be the luckiest General in history.”
The role of the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is to advise the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council on military matters.
Trump also called Milley his friend and trusted adviser, noting that he “did not hesitate” about his appointment.
Milley, formerly the army chief of staff, will succeed Marine General Joseph Dunford.
Trump preferred Milley to the candidate promoted by former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.