Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is out, as President Trump restructures his administration. Bannon is no longer on the National Security Council, and Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, has also been downgraded in position.
According to Bloomberg, this is part of a ‘larger shakeup’ within the NSC.
A White House official said that Bannon was placed on the committee in part to monitor Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and never attended a meeting. He’s no longer needed with McMaster in charge of the council, the official said.
In the new memo, Bannon’s role is no longer included in the principals committee, and the Joint Chiefs chair and the DNI are again regular attendees.
The official letter, released by the Federal Register reads:
As President, my highest priority is to ensure the safety and security of the American people. In order to advise and assist me in executing this solemn responsibility, as well as to protect and advance the national interests of the United States at home and abroad, I hereby direct that my system for national security policy development and decision making shall be organized as follows:
A. The National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council, and Supporting Staff The National Security Act of 1947, as amended, established the National Security Council (NSC) to advise the President with respect to the integration of domestic, foreign, and military policies relating to the national security. There is also a Homeland Security Council (HSC) — established through Executive Order 13228 of October 8, 2001, and subsequently codified in the Homeland Security Act of 2002 — that has the purpose of advising the President on matters pertaining to homeland security. Each Council is also responsible for the effective coordination of the security-related activities and functions of the executive departments and agencies. The security threats facing the United States in the 21st century transcend international boundaries. Accordingly, the United States Government’s decision-making structures and processes to address these challenges must remain equally adaptive and transformative. Both Councils are….