Donald Trump’s controversial, right-wing advisor Steve Bannon has reportedly been stripped of his position within the National Security Council in a shake-up ordered by the president.
Washington observers were startled after Mr Trump took office, when Mr Bannon, a person with minimal foreign policy experience, was given a senior role on the council. He was even made a member of the council’s so-called principals committee, in preference for military officials who usually take up such roles.
But Bloomberg News said that in a shake-up, Mr Trump had removed his political confidant from the NSC, a body that advises the president on matters relating to national security. It said, he had also downgraded the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert.
It said that National Security Advisor, HR McMaster, has been given responsibility for setting the agenda for meetings of the NSC or the Homeland Security Council.
He has also been authorised to delegate that authority to Mr Bossert, at his discretion.
Bloomberg said according to a regulatory filing, under the move, national intelligence director, Dan Coats, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, will again become regular attendees at the principals committee.
Mr Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, was elevated to the National Security Council’s principals committee at the beginning of Mr Trump’s presidency. The move drew widespread criticism from Washington’s foreign policy establishment.