President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has been removed from the National Security Council’s principals committee and top U.S. intelligence officials have been restored as permanent members, according to a new presidential memorandum.
The decision was made by Trump’s new national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a senior administration official said.
The memorandum, viewed by The Wall Street Journal, makes the director of the Central Intelligence Agency a permanent member of the principals committee and restores the chairman of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence as permanent members after they were initially downgraded from that status.
Bannon said in a statement: “Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration. I was put on to ensure that it was de-operationalized. General McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function.”
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