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Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who will retire this month, is that rare senior official in President Donald Trump's Washington whose career and reputation don't seem to have been tarnished by his dealings with the president.Dunford was born for the job.Gen. Frank McKenzie, the Centcom commander and another fellow Marine, remembers that Dunford faced a delicate problem as a young lieutenant colonel on the staff of the Marine commandant. Dunford's dream was probably to become Marine commandant himself, and after he was appointed to that post in 2014, friends say he assumed it was his last post. Dunford built a powerful joint staff to coordinate policy, directed by strong officers like McKenzie and Adm. Michael Gilday, the new chief of naval operations.In dealing with Trump, Dunford's friends say his model was Gen. George C. Marshall, the celebrated wartime chief of staff to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. One four-star general recalls that Trump would sometimes ask Dunford if he liked a particular policy option.
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