Bannon reportedly threatened to leave White House after NSC shakeup
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 16:28
It also appears to mark a victory by national security adviser Herbert McMaster, who had told some national security experts that he felt he was in a battle to the death with Mr Bannon and others on the White House staff.
A senior administration official said that Flynn reluctantly agreed to have Bannon join the NSC.
Kushner and his allies reportedly consider Bannon an ideologue whose advice to Trump is hindering the president's chances to win popular support for his agenda.
Politco reported that McMaster quietly met last week with one of his predecessors, 92-year-old Brent Scowcroft, who served under presidents Ford and George H.W. Bush. In addition to the changing membership of the principals committee, the new order also puts the Homeland Security Council under McMaster rather than making it a separate entity, as Trump's original order had done.
The White House said Bannon rarely, if ever, attended those meetings and he still may attend them, if he wishes.
However, Bannon was not convinced with the plan and had threatened to resign if the change was made, the New York Times reported. "These are very highly valued members of the administration", Pence said. At hearing about the NSC shakeup in the first days of the Trump presidency, he expressed concerns over politicizing the principals committee. The committee, which includes top officials from various government agencies, meets regularly to address important policy issues.
The claim comes as multiple senior White House sources say Bannon did, in fact, threaten to quit his White House post after being informed that he was being removed from the elite team that crafts the administration's national security policy.
A former head of the far-right website Breitbart and now chief White House strategist, Mr. Bannon is regarded as a controversial proponent of the nationalistic anti-globalism that helped propel Mr. Trump to the White House. The NSC "needs to not be colored by political motivations, and removing Bannon will be viewed positively by most Americans, whether they are Jewish or not", Halber told Haaretz.