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DoD Officials: Trump’s Memo Does Not Alter Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair’s Advisory Role in NSC

Officials at the Defense Department have said Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will continue to provide military advice to the National Security Council, DoD News reported Monday.

Jim Garamone writes DoD officials noted that an executive memorandum President Donald Trump signed Saturday does not have an impact on Dunford’s role as a senior military adviser to NSC members.

The report said Trump’s memo deals with the reorganization of the NSC and Homeland Security Council.

“There has been no change in the role of the chairman in 16 years,” said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for DoD.

Defense Secretary James Mattis “consults with the chairman on every decision he makes that impacts either directly or indirectly, our men and women in uniform” and wants Dunford to be present at times when NSC tackles national security issues, Davis added, according to the report.

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