It was announced on Wednesday that President Trump’s efforts to reorganize his Cabinet led to the removal of chief strategist Steve Bannon from his National Security Council.
Two officials, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford were added back to the NSC’s Principals Committee. The role of Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert has also been downgraded, according to The Washington Times.
These changes come after the firing of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The new adviser, H.R. McMaster, was given the authority to reorganize the security team.
Bannon attended only one meeting and believes his role is unnecessary now that McMaster in charge, who was his choice to replace Flynn anyway.
Bannon’s inclusion on the panel has been controversial from the start, with many concerned over political interference and the unusual nature of giving a political advisor security clearance.