Donald Trump removes Steve Bannon from National Security Council

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 authorised to delegate that authority to Mr Bossert, at his discretion, according to the filing yesterday.

"Bannon is still permitted to go to NSC meetings", Fox News reported on Wednesday.

Mr. Trump's elevation of Mr. Bannon to a permanent spot on the NSC had been widely criticised as injecting politics into White House deliberations on sensitive defence, foreign policy and intelligence matters.

Lt. Gen. Flynn was sacked from his role in mid February after he misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador.

"Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration", Bannon said in a Wednesday statement to The Wall Street Journal.

Bannon originally served on the committee as a check against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn before Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a top White House official told NBC News.

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The fact that Bannon, a white supremacist, was even on the National Security Council was a problem.

Most political experts were stunned when the Trump administration invited the man who ran the neo-Nazi version of Facebook to join the small, exclusive group that advises the president on military strategy, foreign and domestic policy, and the security of the country.

This latest move is likely to trigger further speculation of a power struggle within the West Wing, although White House officials have so far minimized the change to reporters.

In a statement reported by the Journal, Bannon reverted to his Breitbart conspiracy theory mode, predictably blaming not only the Obama administration for his ouster, but pointing fingers at Susan Rice, the latest Obama administration figure the far-right is seeking to ensnare in its change-the-topic defense of Trump's campaign contacts with Russian Federation.

Bannon, who led Trump's campaign in its final months, was elevated in January to a position on the NSC principals committee, drawing widespread criticism that Trump was trying to politicize the council.

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