Top Security Officials Removed From National Security Council, Replaced By Steve Bannon (Chief Strategist With No Security Experience)
The National Security Council is “the senior interagency forum for consideration of policy issues affecting national security“. It traditionally includes senior ranking security officials from any security, defense, and homeland security related departments and agencies. It has drawn controversy when it became clear that the NSC at least partially oversees drone killing and a secret kill list, but also is considered to be “exempt from both the documentation requirements of the Federal Records Act and the disclosure requirements of the Freedom of Information Act“.
Trump has removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (nation’s highest ranking military officer) and the Director of National Intelligence (who will still be included only “where issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed“).
Trump has replaced these high ranking security officials with his Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, who was formerly the Chairman of Breitbart News, a media organization that frequently publishes sexist, anti-Semitic, racist, and misogynist content. Bannon has no official national security or military experience.