Steve Bannon Attended NSC Meeting After Shake-Up
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 14:27
Trump removed his key advisor, Steve Bannon, from the council's principal's committee Tuesday raising a lot of eyebrows.
Outlets have been reporting since the inauguration that an internal turf war has been raging between nationalists led by Stephen Bannon and globalist leaning moderates led by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
A senior administration official says Bannon can still attend NSC meetings when he wants to, with the president's consent.
A new White House memorandum lists the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Chief of Staff to the President as just some of the members on the principal's committee.
Pence said the move is not a demotion for Bannon.
Lt-Gen McMaster inherited an organisational scheme for the National Security Council (NSC) that stirred protests because of Mr Bannon's role. The White House did not announce Wednesday's presidential executive order detailing the shake-up - it only came to light in a regulatory filing. Bannon will maintain his security clearance as is standard for most top West Wing officials. "General McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function".
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.
A senior White House official told NBC there is no power struggle.
The New York Times last week identified two NSC officials as having helped House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes view secret reports.
McMaster was given authority to reorganize the committee when he joined the White House, according to NBC. The council will be more streamlined and the decision-making more deliberative, the official said.
The NSC serves to advise the president on domestic, foreign and military policies relating to national security.
The shifting roles also restored the Joint Chiefs chairman and intelligence directors roles as "regular attendees" of the principals committee on the NSC.