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Steve Bannon gets booted from his role on the National Security Council

In a shakeup of his National Security Council this Wednesday, President Trump has reportedly removed chief strategist Steve Bannon from his seat on the council, in what looks to be a reversal of one of the most controversial appointments of Trump’s still-young presidency.

In a shakeup of his National Security Council this Wednesday, President Trump has reportedly removed chief strategist Steve Bannon from his seat on the council, in what looks to be a reversal of one of the most controversial appointments of Trump’s still-young presidency.

According to CNBC, the federal registry showed this Tuesday that Bannon was no longer listed as a regular attendee of the NSC’s “principals committee” meetings. In a controversial move just after Trump’s inauguration, Bannon was given a full seat on the committee, diminishing the roles of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence.

From VICE:

The reorganization of the council, confirmed in Presidential Memorandum, will also elevate the national intelligence director Dan Coats and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, as regular attendees. Trump’s previous reorganization of the council through a January executive order had downgraded their positions to attend when issues directly related to their responsibilities.

Having a political advisor in a seat on the committee is unprecedented. Bannon’s role on the council especially raised eyebrows since he was formerly the chairman of the right-wing news outlet Breitbart and is thought to be the driving force behind much of Trump’s nationalist and Islamophobic rhetoric.

Update: According to Snopes, Bannon is still permitted to attend NSC meetings, but does not have a regular seat.

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