Bannon removed from key National Security Council committee in White House shakeup – but Rick Perry is brought to the top table

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has been removed from the National Security Council’s principals committee
Trump elevated Bannon to the plum council slot at the start of his presidency, causing controversy
An administration official said the move was to ‘de-operationalize’ Gen. Mike Flynn, the former national security advisor
H.R. McMaster has now assumed that post following Flynn’s departure
Rick Perry, the former Texas governor and Dancing With The Stars contestant who is Energy Secretary, is on the principals committee

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.S. Political Editor
5 April 2017

President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has been removed from the National Security Council, according to a security memo confirmed that the White House confirmed.

The change reverses a controversial internal policy decision made at the start of the Trump administration.

A senior administration official told on Wednesday shortly after the news broke that removing Bannon from the principals committee was a long-expected development.

The official said Bannon had been added to the mix to help ‘de-operationalize’ Gen. Mike Flynn, the short-lived national security advisor, away from activities the NSC had undertaken during Susan Rice’s term in the job.

Flynn left the post after just weeks in office, following reports about his failure to disclose his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.

He resigned his post under pressure on Feb. 13.

Dan Coats, the new Director of National Intelligence, and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are now ‘regular attendees,’ Bloomberg reported.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is also a new addition to the principals committee, The Austin American-Stastesman reported.
The former Texas governor has had two unsuccessful runs for the presidency and competed on Dancing With The Stars.

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