Trump removes Bannon from National Security Council

by Abel Hampton April 7, 2017, 1:58
Trump removes Bannon from National Security Council

Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's chief strategist, has been removed from his permanent seat at the National Security Council, multiple sources tell CNN, moving the council into a more traditional format.

Trump's overhaul of the NSC, confirmed by a White House official, also elevated General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Dan Coats, the director of National Intelligence who heads all 17 US intelligence agencies.

Additionally, Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, had his role downgraded and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster had his role elevated.

Prince Harry surprises double amputee former soldier Prince Harry has surprised a soldier who lost his legs in Afghanistan, paying him a visit as he trained for an endurance race. The move drew criticism from some members of Congress and Washington's foreign policy establishment. "General McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function".

Established in 1947, the council includes top officials in foreign and domestic policy, the military and the intelligence community advising the President on national security and foreign policy.

Flynn, after his undisclosed contacts with Russian operatives were revealed through media reports, resigned from the council in February.

But The New York Times also said the move was being presented by White House officials as Bannon completing a plan to "de-operationalize" the NSC after the Obama administration, and that the process had been completed.

"This memorandum shall supersede all other existing Presidential directives and guidance on the organization or support of the NSC and the HSC, including National Security Presidential Memorandum - 2 (January 28, 2017), which is hereby revoked". This official said that process had been completed.

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