Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Donald Trump Fires Steve Bannon From His Position On The National Security Council
Today White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been removed from his position on the National Security Council by the man who placed him there.
The story the White House's is pushing about Bannon’s demotion is only that his position at the NSC was always supposed to be temporary while he monitor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn whom they believed needed help in his new role there. Another element of the story the White House was pushing was that Bannon’s installment on the NSC was necessary due to mismanagement by President Barack Obama’s former national security adviser Susan Rice.
Despite the White House's narrative the real driving force behind Bannon's ouster appears to be Trump’s national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the man who took over for Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn after he was fired for lying about meetings with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
McMaster, who reportedly holds a more traditional view of the United States’ place in the world than hyper-nationalist Bannon and Flynn, has been quietly filling out his team with mainstream conservative foreign policy experts, as opposed to those with more nationalistic ideals.
Many believe another factor that played into Bannon's removal was due to Trump's unhappiness that Bannon had been implicated in an apparent White House effort to interfere with the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.
This can be traced back to efforts by Bannon when he personally intervened last month when McMaster tried to implement his own team around him after taking over for Flynn. When he tried to do so he was stopped by Bannon and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, who protected a specific hire by the name of Ezra Cohen-Watnick. Last week, Cohen-Watnick was revealed to be one of the White House officials who gathered information, perhaps at Bannon's request, that was later provided to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) to try to bolster Trump’s claim that the Obama administration illegally spied on him. Cohen-Watnick remains on the NSC.
Trump’s previous NSC plan also excluded the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence from meetings except when issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed. In addition to Bannon's removal this position has apparently been reversed.
Allies of Bannon and Flynn fear the shake-up is a sign that Trump is selling out his true supporters and that he would no longer be implementing the alt-right, white nationalist portions of his platform such as Muslim bans and anti-immigrant policies.
But rest easy neo-nazis and klan members because despite his removal from the NSC Bannon retains the highest national security clearance possible and remains one of Donald Trump's top advisers and will most assuredly be whispering his white nationalist dreams and Islamophobic policy hopes into the Donald's receptive ear for a long time.