Update: Rebel Media’s Jack Posobiec tweeted that Steve Bannon had this to say about his removal from the National Security Council – “Susan Rice operationalized the National Security Council. I de-operationalized it.”
Steve Bannon statement: "Susan Rice operationalized the National Security Council. I de-operationalized it" pic.twitter.com/FF6gtLSLyP
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) April 5, 2017
President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council (NSC) on Wednesday, removing his controversial chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and lowering the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert.
BREAKING: Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon removed from National Security Council – White House official
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 5, 2017
A filing in the federal registry showed Bannon was no longer listed as a regular attendee of NSC “principals committee” meetings.
A White House official reportedly said Bannon was on the NSC to monitor Trump’s first National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, and never attended an official meeting.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was given responsibility for setting the agenda for meetings of the NSC and was further authorized to delegate authority to Bossert, at his own discretion, according to the filing.
This move by Trump reverses his earlier decision to downgrade the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence.
Bannon’s inclusion from the NSC was spun as shocking and met with criticism from some lawmakers and security experts.