Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s controversial senior adviser, will have a seat of his own at White House National Security Council (NSC) meetings and harden his position as one of the most prominent members of the president’s inner circle.
On Saturday, Trump elevated Bannon, 63, in an executive memorandum he signed.
Now, the DNI and Joint Chiefs chairman will only be present at meetings “where issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed,” the memorandum said.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said, that Bannon was part of “an unbelievable group of folks that are part of the NSC.”
Spicer explained, “The president gets plenty of information from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and gets briefed and what they’ve done is modernize the National Security Council, so it’s less bureaucratic and more focused on providing the president with the intelligence he needs. Bannon, is a former naval officer with a tremendous understanding of the world and the geopolitical landscape we have now. Having the chief strategist for the president in those meetings who has a significant military background to help make, guide what the president’s final analysis will be, is crucial.”
It looks like President Trump is shaking up ‘business as usual’ at the White House and Bannon is at his side.