Washington: The United States Defence Department on Monday clarified that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford will serve the full two-year term, despite President Donald Trump naming his successor 10 months before the term’s completion.
“At this point, all indications are that General Dunford will serve his full term,” Defence Department spokesperson Army Colonel Rob Manning was quoted by The Hill as saying while speaking to reporters at the Pentagon here.
He added that there was nothing to worry about the US President’s announcement that would make Dunford a “lame duck” chairman.
Last week, Trump announced that chief of staff of the US Army General Mark Milley would be replacing Dunford as his new top military adviser. However, he said that the date of transition is yet to be determined.
“I am pleased to announce my nomination of four-star General Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the United States Army – as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing General Joe Dunford, who will be retiring. Am thankful to both of these incredible men for their service to our Country! Date of transition to be determined,” the US President wrote on his Twitter handle.
Dunford was appointed by former US President Barack Obama for a two-year term in 2015. Last year, Trump had extended his term for another two years.
Dunford will be officially completing his term at the end of September next year.