White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been removed from his National Security Council role, CNBC reports.
A Tuesday filing in the federal registry did not list Bannon as a regular attendee of NSC “principals committee” meetings, as he previously was. The change adds Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, back to the committee.
The downgrade comes after criticism from the media over giving a political advisor, particularly former Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon, a Council Seat, a previously unprecedented move.
According to some White House reports, Bannon was placed on the Council to monitor the activities of former NSA Director Michael Flynn. With Flynn being replaced by McMaster, Bannon is no longer needed on the committee.
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