On Wednesday, Pres. Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council by removing “chief strategist” and former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon and demoting Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert.
From Bloomberg Politics:
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.
Maybe a very insecure Donald Trump didn’t like the now common perception that Bannon was a shadow president who was calling all the shots?
— Pia Guerra (@PiaGuerra) January 30, 2017
There were a lot of questions surrounding Donald Trump’s chief strategist and chief brownshirt, Steve Bannon. But one of the biggest questions of all was how he would be able to get the Top Secret security clearance he would need to receive classified briefings. After all, Bannon’s past is, shall we say, rather checkered. This is a guy with documented ties to racists and white nationalists. He was also accused of grabbing his then-wife and bullying her into not showing up for court, and was also suspected of being registered to vote at a home where he didn’t live and taking payments from Trump donors.
Bannon got cleared anyway. Now, Newsweek national security correspondent Jeff Stein wants to know how that happened. He’s suing eight federal agencies for details on how Bannon and 14 other transition team members and current or prospective administration officials were vetted for the necessary clearances.
Interestingly, as we reported on March 31st, a Breitbart writer has reported that Bannon is a paid foreign agent. Coincidence?
Bizarrely, Bannon was originally placed on the committee in part to monitor disgraced Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national secuirty adviser, who was fired on Feb. 13 for failure to disclose to Trump or VP Pence the details of his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Which of course — as we all know — is BS. Flynn was fired for getting CAUGHT. Period.
Anyhow, it’s good to see the very evil Steve Bannon demoted, a man who Bloomberg Politics called “the most dangerous political operative in America.” Hopefully we’ll soon be celebrating the day when he’s out of the picture entirely.