Controversial Bannon Off National Security Council


President Trump’s controversial adviser, former Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon, has lost his role on the National Security Council — replaced by figures who actually know a little something about national security.

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been removed from his seat on the National Security Council, reversing one of the most controversial decisions of young Trump administration.

A filing on Tuesday in the Federal Register 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 Gen. Joseph Dunford, back to the committee.

Despite the move, Bannon retained his security clearance, NBC said.

In late January, Bannon was given a full seat in a move that downgraded the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the director of national intelligence. It is a highly unusual to give a political adviser a seat on the committee.

Bannon’s presence on the NSC was always a mistake. The Council exists to guide the President on issues of national security, something that Bannon knows little about, with his past experience as a website chairman, film producer, and banker.

Bannon stays on as White House Chief Strategist, but this clear demotion is a welcome sign that the Trump administration is at least starting to take some issues seriously.