Yesterday, we reported that there was a major shakeup in Donald Trump’s White House when the president’s chief strategist Steve Bannon was removed from the National Security Council. Now, his replacement has been revealed.
Western Journalism reported that Trump just added former Texas governor and current Energy Secretary Rick Perry to the core advisory group within the National Security Council that Bannon previously served on.
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Bannon was initially appointed to the council back in January in a move that was seen as controversial, since he was one of Trump’s top political advisors. Critics feared that Bannon would politicize the National Security Council, which is traditionally viewed as a candid and nonpartisan source of national security information to the president.
Perry is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served as governor of Texas from 2000-2015. National security expert Dr. James Carafano praised the addition of Perry to the Principal’s Committee, saying it “reflects the importance of the energy portfolio” to the Trump administration.
He added that Bannon’s inclusion and subsequent removal from the committee should not be read into too much, saying it was “mostly about optics.”
“I don’t think it reflects any change of his importance and value to the president or how foreign policy will get done,” Carafano said.
Bannon himself released a statement yesterday saying that he was taken off the committee because it had returned to a “de-operationalized” function.
“[Obama administration National Security Advisor] Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration” for political purposes, Bannon stated. “I was put on to ensure that it was de-operationalized. [National Security Advisor] General [H.R.] McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function.”
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