Trump removes Bannon from National Security Council

Trump removes Bannon from National Security Council

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President Donald Trump has removed his chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council.

Bannon's accession also demonstrated the breadth of his influence inside the White House, signaling that the former head of Brietbart News' influence extended beyond politics and domestic policy.

A senior White House official said Bannon was given a seat on the NSC principals committee only as a check on then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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The decision, which one source with knowledge said was made by Trump himself, comes after the President in January authorized the reorganization of the National Security Council to include Bannon as a permanent member of the panel.

And in another change, the national security adviser will set the agenda for the council as well as for the Homeland Security Council, and can delegate that at his discretion.

Bannon is still permitted to go to NSC meetings.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and director of national intelligence had their roles downgraded in the move. In the new memo, Bannon's role is no longer included in the principals committee, while other regular attendees are still listed.

Trump signed the executive order, known as a national security presidential memorandum, on Tuesday.

Critics of Bannon's role on the NSC said it gave too much weight in decision-making to someone who lacked foreign policy expertise.

The White House chief of staff, counsel and deputy counsel for national security, and the director of the Office of Management and Budget are also invited to attend any NSC meeting, the memo says.

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