Steve Bannon has been with President Trump from the beginning of his campaign as a loyal adviser and declared enemy of the so-called “deep state.”
When Trump took office, Bannon was given a position on the National Security Council, which was a move met with much criticism. Now it appears as if Bannon’s critics have just been given a victory, of sorts, as it’s just been announced the president is removing him from his position on the NSC, Bloomberg News reported.
President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, according to a person familiar with the decision and a regulatory filing.
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 authorized to delegate that authority to Bossert, at his discretion, according to the filing.
According to Bloomberg, National Intelligence Director Dan Coates and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, will both become “regular attendees” of the NSC’s principles committee.
Bannon’s ouster comes on the heels of an InfoWars report in which Roger Stone claimed that the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been secretly working to undermine Bannon by leaking information to MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, a prominent Trump critic and host of the network’s Morning Joe.
“Jared Kushner, perhaps the one presidential aide who cannot be fired, is now in regular text message communications with Joe Scarborough,” Stone claimed. “Many of the anti-Steve Bannon stories that you see, the themes that you see on Morning Joe, are being dictated by Kushner. And while Mr. Kushner’s plate is very full with Middle Eastern peace and the China visit, and so on, in this case I think he is disserving the president.”
“There is no question now that sources tell me that the president’s son-in-law enjoys a very lively text exchange with Joe Scarborough,” Stone continued. “Joe Scarborough is no friend of the president, he revels in passing fake news. He himself has more scandals than you can shake a stick at.”
While Stone has a history of making outrageous comments, and has in the past received a cease and desist order from President Trump’s attorneys, the timing of his remarks with Bannon’s removal from the NSC is quite the coincidence.