Trump removes Steve Bannon from the National Security Council.
President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council Wednesday morning, revealing that Stephen Bannon has been removed as chief strategist for the National Security Council (NSC), and downgrading the role of Tom Bossert as Homeland Security Adviser., according to a person familiar with the decision and a regulatory NATIONAL SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM filing.
Following the changes, the national intelligence director, Dan Coats, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, are again “regular attendees” of the National Security Councils’s principals committee.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was given responsibility for setting the agenda for meetings of the NSC or the Homeland Security Council, and was authorized to delegate that authority to Bossert, at his discretion, according to the filing.
Soon after Trump’s inauguration, Bannon was slected to the National Security Council’s principals committee. The choice drew criticism from some members of Congress and Washington’s foreign policy establishment, the liberal media, Saturday Night Live, and a large negative Twitter response. Many satirical descriptions described Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, as a grim reaper or pointed to his disheveled appearance.
A White House official said that Bannon was placed on the committee in part to monitor Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who was removed by Trump on February 13 for not disclosing the extent of his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, before Trump’s inauguration. Liberal media sources continue to attempt to find a condemning connection of the Trump administration with Russian influence. ,
The source told Bloomberg News that Bannon is no longer needed with H.R. McMaster in charge of the council, and Flynn gone.
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