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Steve Bannon Cut from National Security Council

Steve Bannon Cut from National Security Council

Removing Bannon from a public role may be good PR, but he’s still very much a part of the administration

A recent revamp of Trump’s National Security Council cut former Breitbart News Chief Executive Steve Bannon’s role entirely.

Bannon’s role as a National Security Advisor was controversial from the get-go.

By some reports, Bannon may have fulfilled his purpose before being axed.

Bloomberg reports:

President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, according to a person familiar with the decision and a regulatory filing.

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.

Under the move, 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 NSC’s principals committee.

Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, was elevated to the National Security Council’s principals committee at the beginning of Trump’s presidency. The move drew criticism from some members of Congress and Washington’s foreign policy establishment.

A White House official said that Bannon was placed on the committee in part to monitor Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and never attended a meeting. He’s no longer needed with McMaster in charge of the council, the official said.

Bannon may no longer be part of Trump’s National Security Council, but his connections to and influence of the Trump administration haven’t been diminished because of the staffing shake-up.

The memo:

National Security Presidential Memorandum 4 by Legal Insurrection on Scribd

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“Apart” or “a part”?

If he truly never went to a meeting, then it’d be hard to get “cut” from something you never actually started.

“axed” == #FakeNews

Nothing ever happens in a vacuum. No, Steve Bannon is not being removed from the Senior advisory role to President Trump and will attend NSC meetings with the President.  Bannon’s security clearance therein remains unchanged.

Trump is removing Bannon from the Principal’s Committee of McMaster’s NSC.