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Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon Removed from National Security Council

HeadlineApr 06, 2017

President Trump has removed his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, from the principals committee of the National Security Council. The move reportedly came at the request of Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, who objected to Trump’s top political adviser shaping national security policy. Bannon is the former editor of the website, which frequently publishes racist, sexist and white supremacist views. Politico reports Bannon has grown so frustrated with infighting in the Trump administration that a top donor, Rebekah Mercer, had to convince him to stay in his position. Trump’s change will also restore the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence to the National Security Council, after the pair were initially told they would attend meetings only when invited. Trump has also added CIA Director Mike Pompeo, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Energy Secretary Rick Perry to the council.

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