Bannon bumped from National Security Council


When Bannon was appointed, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence were simultaneously downgraded to only participating in the principals committee when requested. The White House released a new memorandum on the composition of the NSC on Wednesday.

And in another change, the national security adviser will set the agenda for the council as well as for the Homeland Security Council, and can delegate that at his discretion.

A senior White House official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Bannon was initially placed on the NSC after Trump's inauguration as a measure to ensure implementation of the president's vision, including efforts to downsise and streamline operations at the council.

Mr. Bannon sees Mr. Kushner as a roadblock to his populist platform, which propelled Donald Trump into the White House; Mr. Kushner sees Mr. Bannon as an ideologue. Also by law, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the national intelligence director are advisers to the council.

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With Flynn out of the picture and McMaster in charge, Bannon is no longer needed, according to the unnamed official.

Asked whether Bannon would continue to regularly attend NSC meetings, the source told CNBC: "I don't know".

Trump's decision in January to put Bannon, a political operative, on the NSC drew criticism from some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with Sen. He continued, "General McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function".

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His replacement, H.R. McMaster was given authority to reorganize the council after he assumed the post one month after the American president took office.

The New York Times reports that the memo issued on Tuesday also named the energy secretary, Central Intelligence Agency director and the United Nations ambassador as members of the NSC's principals committee.

Critics of Bannon's role on the NSC said it gave too much weight in decision-making to someone who lacked foreign policy expertise.

The White House official dismissed questions about a power struggle between Mr Bannon and Lt Gen McMaster, and said that they shared the same world view.

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