White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is no longer on the National Security Council. And while many who believed Bannon should have never been on the NSC in the first place are now rejoicing at the thought that he’s been “kicked off,” his mission on the council had been completed.
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“Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration. I was put on to ensure that it was de-operationalized,” Bannon said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. Rice was recently exposed by reports revealing that she requested the unmasking of certain members of Trump’s transition team.
Since Gen. Michael Flynn resigned and was replaced by Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, everything seems to now be on course with the NSC. A White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, reportedly told Bloomberg that Bannon had been placed on the committee in part to monitor Flynn.
“General McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function,” Bannon said in his statement to the WSJ.
On Wedensday, the national intelligence director, Dan Coats, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, again became “regular attendees” of the NSC principals committee. President Trump also added the secretary of energy, the CIA director and the United Nations ambassador to the PC.