Steve Bannon ousted from National Security Council

Steve Bannon, chief strategist to President Donald Trump and former head of Breitbart News (Photo: Getty Images)

Steve Bannon, chief strategist to President Donald Trump and former head of Breitbart News (Photo: Getty Images)

Steve Bannon, chief strategist to President Donald Trump, has been removed from the National Security Council, according to Bloomberg News.

An administration official, as well as a recent regulatory filing, indicated the shakeup would also demote Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster will be responsible for setting the agenda for meetings of the National Security Council or Homeland Security Council, and can delegate that responsibility to Bossert at his discretion.

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, will once again regularly attend NSC meetings.

Trump placed Bannon, former head of Breitbart News, on the National Security Council’s principals committee in the early days of his presidency — a move that was widely criticized by established foreign policy figures in Washington.

An official said Bannon was only placed on the committee to oversee Trump’s original pick for National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, who was fired on Feb. 13 for failing to report to the president or to Vice President Mike Pence his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Bannon reportedly never attended a meeting and is no longer needed now that McMaster has taken charge, the official said.