Steve Bannon Is Out As A Member Of The National Security Council
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 18:42
The ousting of one of rump's most contested advisers was applauded by politicians on both sides of the aisle who argued that Bannon's appointment on a national security policy-making committee might politicize foreign policy.
"Steve Bannon, who made a career out of selling hateful and divisive propaganda aimed at women, Hispanics, African Americans, Jews, and other minorities, was outrageously placed on the National Security Council by President Trump".
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 U.S. intelligence agencies. This would mean reducing the role of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the national intelligence director.
President Trump removed chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council on Wednesday.
It was an nontraditional role for a political hand like Bannon to have a role on the high-level policy council.
The official dismissed questions about a power struggle between Bannon and McMaster, saying they shared the same world view.
In addition to Kushner taking on an absurd amount of responsibility in recent weeks, he's reportedly helped promote Gary Cohn, Trump's top economic policy adviser, and Dina Powell, the deputy national security adviser for strategy within the White House.
That official and a second official said Bannon did this from afar, attending one or two meetings of the group.
Multiple White House officials, including Pence, insisted that Bannon's removal from the NSC was not a demotion. Critics of Bannon's role were anxious he would politicise a body traditionally viewed as a candid and non-partisan source of national security information to the president.
With zero experience in foreign policy or government, coupled with his profile as a fervent ideologue opposed to immigration and with links to far-right parties in Europe, Bannon's presence on the NSC had alarmed former officials and sparked sharp criticism from Democrats in Congress.
The fact that Bannon, a white supremacist, was even on the National Security Council was a problem.
His removal from the NSC may reflect Bannon's decision to pick his battles in the West Wing.
The change also downgrades the role of Homeland Security advisor Thomas Bossert.
It is the latest departure in the senior ranks of the White House.
Since Susan Rice, the NSC's Principals Committee comprises of secretaries of state and defense.
The reorganization, which also affected several other key aides, largely brings a traditional structure back to a White House national security system that has been roiled by leaks, infighting and intrigue since Trump took office.