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Army chief had no advance knowledge of Trump's transgender ban

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Army General Mark Milley takes his seat to testify at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to become the Army's chief of staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington July 21, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief of staff of the U.S. Army, General Mark Milley, said on Thursday he had no advance knowledge of President Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender individuals from the military before his announcement via Twitter on Wednesday, but added that was not unusual.

“I personally did not, but nor would I have expected to,” Milley said.

Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Jonathan Oatis