President Trump Removes Chief Strategist From National Security Council

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President Trump Removes Chief Strategist From National Security Council

Steve Bannon loses his position in the National Security Council in less than three months.

Steve Bannon loses his position in the National Security Council in less than three months.

Photo courtesy of New York Daily News

Steve Bannon loses his position in the National Security Council in less than three months.

Photo courtesy of New York Daily News

Photo courtesy of New York Daily News

Steve Bannon loses his position in the National Security Council in less than three months.

Xavier Alatorre, Staff Writer

Steve Bannon, President Trump’s Chief Strategist, was removed from the US National Security Council Tuesday morning, April 5.

Multiple sources have given differing reasons for Bannon’s dismissal, and who was behind his removal from the council.

After the resignation of Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser, President Trump brought in Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as the former general’s replacement. General McMaster was responsible for the shift in the organization’s structure, which included removing Bannon from his post, as reported by the New York Times.

However, a source in the White House said the the president was responsible for Bannon’s removal, according to CNN.

So far, the White House has tried to downplay the restructuring of the NSC. A White House aide has said that the removal of Bannon is not a demotion, according to BBC. The aide stated that Bannon’s role within the council was to keep an eye on Flynn and to “de-operationalize” the NSC.

Bannon’s appointment as a permanent member on the National Security Council back in January was seen as a risk that politicized foreign policy.

The removal of Bannon from the National Security Council is seen as a return to a more traditional foreign policy-making decision structure.

Back in February, regarding regulatory powers within executive agencies, Bannon wished to see the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” His appointment on the NSC explains one of his roles on the council. However, the question that still remains is why he was tasked with keeping an eye on Flynn.

Flynn resigned as National Security Adviser after his meetings with a Russian ambassador had been revealed.

Over the weekend, Flynn offered to testify to congressional intelligence committees and the FBI in exchange for prosecutorial immunity.

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