Stephen Bannon, who created considerable controversy earlier this year when he installed himself as a permanent member of the National Security Council, has been removed from that position, according to Bloomberg (and confirmed by NBC):
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.
The national intelligence director, Dan Coats, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford — who were downgraded when Stephen Bannon was installed — are again “regular attendees.”
Kylie Jenner gave Donald Trump a Pepsi and he immediately kicked Steve Bannon off the National Security Council.— Donald J Orwell (@DonaldJOrwell) April 5, 2017
Officially, the decision was made by the new National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, who I understand is a smart, straight-forward guy (unlike most of Trump’s appointees) (and as my wife says, it will be either the military or the judiciary that saves us from Trump).
The reason for the removal is not yet known, but there were also murmurings over the weekend that Jared Kushner — Donald Trump’s son-in-law and most trusted advisor — was orchestrating some personnel moves to remove some of the ideologues from the White House and build a moderate coalition of influence inside the White House that includes national economic adviser Gary Cohn, who is a Democrat.
Advisor to Trump and crazy person Roger Stone also suggested on Alex Jones’ Infowars that Kushner is trying to push Bannon out and that he has been leaking negative reports about Bannon to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. This may be one move in Kushner’s larger effort to clean house of ideologues, and while Donald Trump will never be a good President, and while Kushner has his own host of problems, his moderating influence may save the country from a fate much worse than one in which Bannon is pulling all the strings.
Bannon, however, will continue on as Trump’s Chief Strategist inside the White House.