Trump removes Bannon from National Security Council

The reshuffling of Trump's security council will strengthen the roles of top-ranked intelligence and defense officials, including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who will gain greater control over both the NSC and Homeland Security Council, Bloomberg reported. "From my own point of view, he doesn't belong in the White House, either".

A senior White House official presented the move as a logical evolution, not a setback for Mr Bannon.

"No matter what his role is, Mr. Bannon's damaging influence on this administration should not be underestimated and is apparent in the actions President Trump has taken in his first days in office". Now the spin seems to be that they knew there was something sketchy about Flynn all along and so they tasked Steve Bannon (!) to keep him on the straight and narrow.

His removal from the security council comes as polls show Bannon is even less popular than Trump, whose 34 percent approval rating is the lowest of any president in history at this point in their first term.

"General Flynn is a wonderful man". Steve Bannon is not a crude far-right thinker, but actually a well-read intellectual theorist of the far-right that quotes fascist philosophers. "And I think it is really a sad thing that he was treated so badly". Prior to Wednesday night's meeting, Bannon had only attended one NSC meeting.

In particular, Jewish Voices for Peace said the decision represents a move "away from tyranny".

Multiple sources looked to minimize the removal. One argued that Bannon was put on the council to ensure that it no longer "micro-managed" foreign policy and was put on a more "operational track". President Obama's strategist David Axelrod occasionally attended National Security Council meetings but did not have a seat on the council.

Mr Trump's overhaul of the NSC, which was confirmed by a White House official, also saw the elevation of General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Dan Coats, the director of National Intelligence who heads all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies.

  • Jacqueline Ellis