There was a major shakeup in Donald Trump’s White House on Wednesday that resulted in his chief strategist Steve Bannon being removed from the National Security Council.
Bloomberg reported that Bannon had controversially been named to the National Security Council’s principals committee when Trump first took office in a move that drew criticism from some members of Congress and Washington’s foreign policy establishment. A White House official said Bannon had been placed on the committee to monitor Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn and that he never actually attended any meetings. Now that Flynn is gone, Trump no longer feels that Bannon needs to be on the committee, according to the official.
In addition, Trump downgraded the role of his Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert in today’s shakeup. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was given the responsibility of setting the agenda for meetings of the NSC or the Homeland Security Council and was allowed to delegate this job to Bossert at his discretion.
Now, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will once again be “regular attendees” of the NSC’s principals committee.
We will update you further as this story develops.