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Steve Bannon Lost His Seat on the National Security Council

The decision, handed down by Trump's new national security adviser, is just one of a series of changes to the council.

by Drew Schwartz
Apr 5 2017, 5:57pm

Photo by Flickr user Michael Vadon

Trump's Chief Strategist Steve Bannon no longer has a seat on the National Security Council (NSC), Bloomberg Politics reports.

Trump's national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster pulled the trigger on Bannon's removal Wednesday and made a few additional tweaks to the council. He restored Dan Coats, the director of National Intelligence, and Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as "regular attendees" to the NSC's principals committee, according to a regulatory memo. Their spots had been demoted with the presidential memorandum Trump signed in January.

According to one White House official, Bannon was originally placed on the NSC to keep an eye on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has since resigned, the Washington Post reports. Whatever the reason, Bannon apparently feels his work on the council is done.

"Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration. I was put on to ensure that it was de-operationalized," Bannon said in a statement. "General McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function."

The move also added CIA director Mike Pompeo, US representative to the UN Nikki Haley, and Department of Energy head Rick Perry to the council, NPR reports. As members of the NSC, they'll play a role in decisions regarding diplomacy, counterterrorism, nuclear power, and cybersecurity.

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