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Steve Bannon, ex-Breitbart CEO and now chief strategist for Donald Trump, was controversially appointed to the National Security Council, but has now been removed from that position.

Fox News: Steve Bannon removed from National Security Council

President Trump’s controversial chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, was removed from the National Security Council on Wednesday, Fox News confirmed.

Bannon was put on the NSC’s “Principals Committee” as a check on former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn to make sure Flynn carried through with a directive to depoliticize the NSC, a senior administration official told Fox News.

That’s more than ironic given how political Bannon is.

Bannon’s promotion to a regular NSC seat proved to be a contentious move, with detractors questioning why a political adviser was being given a permanent voice on security issues.

Bannon only attended one meeting of the Principals Committee and Flynn was fired from his role in mid February after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with a Russian official.

With McMaster replacing Flynn, Trump saw no need for Bannon to stay on the committee as a check on Flynn, the official said.

Bannon is still permitted to go to NSC meetings.

It sounds like Bannon was some sort of a political enforcer on the NSC, and is still hovering.

Bloomberg: Bannon Taken Off Trump National Security Council in Shake-Up

President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing chief strategist Stephen Bannon from a key committee and restoring the roles of top intelligence and defense officials, according to a person familiar with the decision and a notice published in the Federal Register.

The realignment increases the influence of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, whose public stances were sometimes at odds with those of Bannon. In addition to gaining greater control over the NSC, McMaster will have the Homeland Security Council under his authority.

Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, is one of Trump’s most trusted and controversial advisers. He channeled the populist and nationalist sentiment that propelled Trump’s presidential campaign. His placement on the NSC committee drew criticism from some members of Congress and Washington’s foreign policy establishment who said it risked politicizing the security advice provided to the president.

A White House official portrayed the change as a natural progression rather than a demotion for Bannon. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, contended that Bannon was placed on the committee in part to monitor Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and never attended a meeting. He’s no longer needed with McMaster in charge of the council, the official said.

The Fox News report says he attended one meeting.

Still, his departure from the NSC role was applauded by some Republicans as well as Democrats. Republican Represenative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida called it “welcome news” in a tweet.

 

17 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  April 6, 2017

    Bannon gets bum’s rush from NSC

    WASHINGTON — President Trump reshuffled his national security organization on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, from a top policy-making committee and restoring senior military and intelligence officials who had been downgraded when he first came into office.

    The shift was orchestrated by Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who was tapped as Mr. Trump’s national security adviser after the resignation of Michael T. Flynn, who stepped down in February after being caught misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador.

    General McMaster inherited an organizational scheme for the National Security Council that stirred protests because of Mr. Bannon’s role. The original setup made Mr. Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart News, a member of the principals committee that typically includes cabinet-level officials like the vice president, secretary of state and defense secretary. The original order also made the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence only occasional participants as issues demanded.

    In addition to giving Mr. Bannon formal membership, the original national security organization reduced the role of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and national intelligence director, stipulating that they would attend only “where issues pertaining to their responsibilities are to be discussed.”

    Members of Mr. Trump’s team said they did not mean to downgrade them; it simply took Mr. Bush’s original order and cut and pasted language into theirs, not realizing that the two officials had been upgraded under Mr. Obama.

    [Oh really? Amateurs? Tui. Ed]

    (Lovingly brought to you by everybody’s favourite media outlet, the failing New York Times. 👍 😎 )

    • Gezza

       /  April 6, 2017

      Hey! 😡 I call dibs. I’m sure I posted about it here here first PG. 😃

      • Gezza

         /  April 6, 2017

        And my headline’s the coolest I reckon too.

  2. David

     /  April 6, 2017

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4376628/New-questions-claim-Russia-hacked-election.html

    Poor media/democrats are having their whole agenda slowly undermined by the truth, the Russian hack was always tenuous and despite frequent requests the DNC refused the FBI access to the hacked computers. Hard to know where the truth is but it looks like the Ruskies were fingered by a conspiracy theorist, Hillary lost so get over it cry babies and own the loss.

    • Anonymous Coward

       /  April 6, 2017

      A bit too much venom in that post for a link to the Daily Mail don’t you think?

    • duperez

       /  April 6, 2017

      It is hard to know where the truth is. At the moment just have to settle for the truth being that
      Gezza’s headline is about right.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 6, 2017

      Very flaky evidence that the Russian Govt was behind that hack and highly bizarre if true that most of the sensitive material was taken during the period CrowdStrike was supposedly guarding it and investigating intrusions.

      • Pete Kane

         /  April 6, 2017

        0:34 / 7:03

        ‘Everybody & his brother tried to hack the DNC!’ – Ex-CIA analyst

  3. Gezza

     /  April 6, 2017
  4. David

     /  April 6, 2017

    If it turns out that the Russians didnt hack and win the election for Trump, crazy idea in the first place and that Susan Rice and one other unmasked US citizens for seemingly no security purposes I wonder how quickly the media focus will change when they lose their collective ratings winnings narrative as opposed to following the story to its unfovourable conclusion.

  5. David

     /  April 6, 2017

    Quite amusing to see Senator Elizabeth Warren or Pochahontas pays her female staff 30% less than her male staff. She probably had her mind elsewhere attending all those womens empowerment events to notice.

    • Gezza

       /  April 6, 2017

      Dreadful. Wait a minute. Wonder what role differences. Link?

  6. Nelly Smickers

     /  April 6, 2017

    *Chuck* in LA retweets this piece from *Fusion*…….no wonder Wayne sez he can’t be bothered talking to the nasty little leftard anymore 😡

  7. Joe Bloggs

     /  April 6, 2017

    Just sayin’….. I don’t know – it’s hard for me to see any Trump ties to Russia…

    except for the Flynn thing…
    and the Erik Prince thing…
    and the Manafort thing…
    and the Tillerson thing…
    and the Sessions thing…
    and the Kushner thing…
    and the Carter Page thing…
    and the Roger Stone thing…
    and the Felix Sater thing…
    and the Boris Ephsteyn thing…
    and the Rosneft thing…
    and the Gazprom thing…
    and the Sergey Gorkov banker thing…
    and the Azerbajain thing…
    and the “I love Putin” thing…
    and the Donald Trump, Jr. thing…
    and the Sergey Kislyak thing…
    and the Russian Affiliated Interests thing…
    and the Russian Business Interests thing…
    and the Emoluments Clause thing…
    and the Alex Schnaider thing…
    and the hack of the DNC thing…
    and the Guccifer 2.0 thing…
    and the Mike Pence “I don’t know anything” thing…
    and the Russians mysteriously dying thing…
    and Trump’s public request to Russia to hack Hillary’s email thing…
    and the Trump house sale for $100 million at the bottom of the housing bust to the Russian fertilizer king thing….
    and the Russian fertilizer king’s plane showing up in Concord, NC during Trump rally campaign thing…
    and the Nunes sudden flight to the White House in the night thing…
    and the Nunes personal investments in the Russian winery thing…
    and the Cyprus bank thing…
    and Trump not releasing his tax returns thing…
    and the Republican Party’s rejection of an amendment to require Trump to show his taxes thing…
    and the election hacking thing…
    and the GOP platform change on the Ukraine thing…
    and the Steele Dossier thing…
    and the Leninist Bannon thing…
    and Sally Yates prevented from testifying thing…
    and the intelligence community’s investigative reports thing…
    and Trump’s reassurance that the Russian connection is all “fake news” thing …
    and Spicer’s Russian Dressing “nothing’s wrong” thing …

    probably nothing there…

    since the swamp’s been drained, these people’d never lie. That’s probably why Nunes canceled the investigation meetings and the Senate’s taken over. All of this must be normal….

    …just a bunch of separate dots with no connections…… 🙂

    • Griff

       /  April 6, 2017

      And they complain that this shit comes to attention of the spys
      Hello trumpies your leader attacked the Spys
      What do ya think is gonna happen ..?.