Trump simultaneously restored to power some of the military and intelligence officials he'd downgraded upon first taking office.
White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has been removed from the role he played on the National Security Council (NSC).
According to Bloomberg News, President Donald Trump himself stripped Bannon of his place on the council, as well as downgraded the council authority of Tom Bossert, Trump’s Homeland Security Adviser, and reinstated the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the director of national intelligence as full-time members earlier today.
A White House official also told Bloomberg that Bannon was only placed on the council to keep an eye on Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who resigned in early February after revelations concerning his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
Bannon apparently never attended an NSC meeting during his time on the council, but will still be allowed to drop in as he pleases despite now losing his permanent seat.
“Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration. I was put on to ensure that it was de-operationalized,” Bannon, told The Wall Street Journal. “General McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function.”
Trump’s newest national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, now has the full authority to set the agenda for NSC meetings going forward.
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