Trump gives Bannon permanent seat in National Security Council reshuffle

Former national security council staffers say their day-to-day meetings and process were not governed by whatever formal instruction issued by their respective presidents. Normally, the director and joint chiefs attend all meetings in the principals' committee - the NSC's inner circle, according to BBC. Rice, who served as Obama's National Security Adviser, tweeted, with DPRK referring to North Korea.

Given Bannon's recent upgrade - his seat on the NSC's "principals committee" - many have noted that, theoretically speaking, Bannon and Flynn are now NSC equals.

"This idea that there has been a change or a downgrade is utter nonsense", Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said at a news briefing Monday.

Former acting Central Intelligence Agency chief Michael Morell criticized the decision to add Bannon to the group while altering involvement of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs and DNI, in a Monday appearance on "CBS This Morning".

It was the previous director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper, who delivered the news to Flynn that he was being removed from his post. "He's got a tremendous understanding of the world and the geopolitical landscape that we have now", Spicer said. America's most respected experts warn that this shadowy figure pulls all the policy strings, and they have gone as far as to call him Trump's puppet master. Putting him on the National Security Council while removing the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence is so plainly insane that no one has been able to present a coherent defense. Those concerns have heightened following reports that two former employees of the conservative-leaning website Breitbart News, formerly headed by Bannon, would be joining the council.

Republican John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday he was concerned that adding Bannon to the council while leaving out Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, was a "radical departure".

Mr Trump said the changes would bring "a lot of efficiency and, I think, a lot of additional safety".

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The Times was even provided with the details of the email chain that showed "the draft order's movements through the White House bureaucracy".

Given his closeness to Trump, Bannon effectively becomes the 800-pound gorilla in what traditionally is an apolitical consideration of the biggest threats and strategic questions facing the US.

NPR's Mara Liasson said whenever staffers from the political wing of the White House sit in on NSC meetings, it tends to ruffle feathers.

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"I am anxious about the NSC, who are the members of it and who are the permanent members of it".

When no one around his desk in the Oval Office said anything, Mr Trump added: "Good, I had a feeling you were going to say that". A fellow officer told the Times that Bannon had said he enlisted in the military "so it would look good on his résumé because he wanted to go into politics someday".

George W. Bush's close adviser, Karl Rove, was never admitted to NSC meetings, according to his former chief of staff, Josh Bolten.