President Donald Trump revealed on Monday that Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford helped him decide to run for president in 2015.
The president's affinity for the military was on full display as he spoke at Fort Meyer, Virginia, after Dunford officially swore in Army Gen. Mark Milley as the 20th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"Mark, I want to congratulate you," Trump said. "You're my friend. You're my advisor and you deserve this position. I never had a doubt."
Army Gen. Mark Milley has been confirmed to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"I am humbled and honored to be confirmed as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," Milley said Thursday in a statement. "Thank you to the president and the Senate for their confidence. I have been privileged to serve as Chief of Staff of the Army these last four years, and look forward to the opportunity to continue working alongside the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Department of Defense civilians, and families serving our nation's military."
Milley is expected to replace the current chairman Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford on Sept. 30.