President Donald Trump picks General Mark Milley as next top military adviser

US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley announces that Austin, Texas, will be the new headquarters for the Army Futures Command during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. (AFP/File Photo)
Updated 08 December 2018
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President Donald Trump picks General Mark Milley as next top military adviser

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump says he is tapping General Mark Milley as his next top military adviser.
Milley is a battle-hardened commander who has served as chief of the Army for the last three years. If confirmed by the Senate, Milley would succeed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Trump tweeted the announcement Saturday, thanking “both of these incredible men for their service to our country!” He said the date of transition is being determined.
Dunford is a former commandant of the Marine Corps and commander of coalition troops in Afghanistan. His term as Joint Chiefs chairman ends Oct. 1.
Milley commanded troops during several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and has served as the Army’s top officer since August 2015.


US spars with key allies at UN over Mideast peace approach

Updated 23 July 2019
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US spars with key allies at UN over Mideast peace approach

  • Jason Greenblatt delivered a harsh assessment during a UN Security Council debate
  • German Ambassador Christoph Heusgen said, “It’s the US that has left international consensus”

UNITED NATIONS: The US is deriding the viability of reaching “international consensus” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, further distancing itself from the two-state solution preferred by most of the world and drawing rebukes from its European allies.
President Donald Trump’s Mideast negotiator, Jason Greenblatt, delivered the harsh assessment during a UN Security Council debate on Tuesday as the White House says it is preparing to unveil the political portion of its Mideast peace plan.
Greenblatt dismissed the prospect of reaching global consensus on sensitive issues, including the fate of Palestinian refugees and the final status of contested Jerusalem. He suggested that Security Council resolutions on those issues are unenforceable.
But his comments rankled important partners for any US Mideast plan. German Ambassador Christoph Heusgen said, “It’s the US that has left international consensus.”