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.
Steve Bannon left the National Security Council because his skills as a racist anti-semitic piece of shit were needed elsewhere.
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) April 5, 2017
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.