JUST IN: Steve Bannon Kicked Off Trump's National Security Council
In what may be the most dramatic shake-up at the White House since Mike Flynn resigned, moments ago Bloomberg reported that President Trump has reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, according to a person familiar with the decision and a regulatory filing.
As Bloomberg adds, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was given responsibility for setting the agenda for meetings of the NSC or the Homeland Security Council, and was authorized to delegate that authority to Bossert, at his discretion, according to the filing.
Under the move, the national intelligence director, Dan Coats, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, are again "regular attendees" of the NSC’s principals committee.
Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, was elevated to the National Security Council’s principals committee at the beginning of Trump’s presidency. The move drew criticism from some members of Congress and Washington’s foreign policy establishment.
It was not immediately clear if the shake up is indicative of a major split between Trump and his right hand man and chief ideological advisor, or if this is merely a routine shake up, although following repeated complaints about Bannon's posting, it is likely the former.
In any case, the most likely outcome of the shake up is that the "Goldman" circle around Trump is about to get exponentially more powerful.
The filing showing Bannon's demotion is below: