White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, also a former Hollywood producer, Breitbart executive and known alt-right darling, has been removed from his role on the National Security Council. A White House memorandum dated today has restored a more traditional arrangement of the security council, bringing back into the fold the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, appointed after Michael Flynn resigned amid controversy, has been bumped up to a more substantive role. McMaster, of course, was Trump’s second choice to replace Flynn after Robert Harward declined the offer.
According to The Guardian, the move “showed McMaster establishing his influence with the president. McMaster was neither part of Trump’s election team nor even his second choice to run the NSC.”
Don’t celebrate Bannon’s removal too much though; with the inner-workings of the Trump administration thriving on unconventional means of governance, Bannon will still have Trump’s ear, no matter his access to other agencies. Still, this does prove that things are patently chaotic on Pennsylvania Avenue.