President Donald Trump reportedly removed his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, from the National Security Council on Wednesday as part of a broader reorganization of the NSC.
Trump has reorganized his principal forum to consider national security matters by removing his top strategist and downgrading Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, according to Bloomberg, which obtained a presidential memorandum on the NSC shakeup.
Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was given authority to set the agenda of the NSC.
The changes also allow National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford to again be regular attendees of the NSC’s principals committee.
Bannon was appointed to the NSC amid intense opposition by members of Congress and foreign policy experts.
One White House official said Bannon was initially elevated to the NSC in order to keep an eye on now former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, but Bannon never attended a NSC meeting. Now with Flynn gone, Bannon is no longer needed the White House, official said.