On Wednesday, President Trump reorganized the National Security Council which resulted in a removal of Chief Strategist Steve Bannon from the Council.
Additionally, he downgraded the role of Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert. The big news, though, is that Bannon, a controversial figure in the administration, is now no longer a member of the National Security Council, Bloomberg is reporting.
The new national security adviser made the decision to remove Bannon from the NSC.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was given responsibility for setting the agenda for meetings of the NSC or the Homeland Security Council, and was authorized to delegate that authority to Bossert, at his discretion, according to the filing.
Under the move, the national intelligence director, Dan Coats, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, are again “regular attendees” of the NSC’s principals committee.
Bloomberg’s report was confirmed to The Hill by a senior White House Official, though that source was not named.
Bannon was allegedly placed on the Council to keep track of Trump’s first National Security Adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Bannon did not attend any national security meetings, according to Bloomberg’s initial report.
NPR’s White House Correspondent pointed out the difference in the Security Council after the shakeup.
The Trump administration has changed the makeup of the National Security Council Principals Committee. Here are the differences. pic.twitter.com/52aAlqmNOO
— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) April 5, 2017
This is arguably the most significant shakeup in the administration’s short tenure, only rivaled by Michael Flynn’s removal in February.
Bannon has long been a controversial figure in the Trump team since his hiring last year as Chief Strategist. Many on the Left, and even some on the Right, believe that Bannon has sympathies to “White Nationalism” and economic nationalism, and others have showed concern for his “scorched earth” approach to serious issues, where he does not oppose burning the whole thing to the ground.
Bannon has not been completely removed from the administration; no reports indicate that his role as Chief Strategist has changed. Despite the controversy surrounding his place, he remains an integral part of the Trump administration.