Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Trump drops Bannon from security council

Melinda Barton | 18 April, 2017, 02:45

Confirming that he has been removed as a permanent NSC member, a White House official said the move resulted from a reorganization by Trump's new national security advisor, Lieutenant General HR McMaster.

Bannon, who formerly was executive chairman of Breitbart News Network, was elevated to the position on January 28, eight days after Trump became president. Flynn, who is seeking immunity from prosecution, was sacked by President Cheeto Face for not disclosing to the president of Vice Sith Lord Mike Pence the extent of conversations he had with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergy Kislyak, before Trump's inauguration.

In a tweet Wednesday, Republican Represenative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida described Bannon's removal as "welcome news".

The senior White House official was not authorized to discuss changes that have not been formally announced and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"Steve Bannon had no business being on the National Security Council to begin with", said Reed.

In a statement reported by the Journal, Bannon reverted to his Breitbart conspiracy theory mode, predictably blaming not only the Obama administration for his ouster, but pointing fingers at Susan Rice, the latest Obama administration figure the far-right is seeking to ensnare in its change-the-topic defense of Trump's campaign contacts with Russian Federation.

The NYT quoted another White House official close to Mr Bannon as insisting the changes did not mean President Trump had lost confidence in him or wanted to reduce his portfolio.

A filing on Tuesday in the Federal Register did not list Bannon as a regular attendee of NSC "principals committee" meetings, as he previously was.

President Trump reorganized the council, removing Bannon and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, Bloomberg reported, citing sources. Bannon was placed on the committee "to help return the NSC to its proper policy coordinating role".

In a statement to WSJ, Bannon said his roll was to undo the "operationalized" nature of the NSC put in place by Susan Rice, who served as national security adviser under the Obama administration.