Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, has been removed from his permanent seat at the National Security Council, multiple sources tell CNN, moving the council into a more traditional format.

The decision, which one source with knowledge said was made by Trump himself, comes after the President in January authorized the reorganization of the National Security Council to include Bannon as a permanent member of the panel.
In a regulatory filing posted Wednesday, Bannon’s title was removed from the standing list of members of the National Security Council.
Multiple sources looked to minimize the removal. One argued that Bannon was put on the council to ensure that it no longer “micro-managed” foreign policy and was put on a more “operational track.”
Another said Bannon was only on board to oversee former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s work to “de-operationalize” the National Security Council from the broad purview it had under Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser. Flynn, after his undisclosed contacts with Russian operatives were revealed through media reports, resigned from the council in February. H.R. McMaster, a United States Army lieutenant general, was named national security adviser later in February.
A source with knowledge of the move said Bannon can “still attend any meeting” where his expertise is needed.


There is a joyous atmosphere at today’s meeting of the National Security Council. All the members are gathered around the table in the NSA meeting room as President Trump begins to address his most trusted advisors in the realm of national security.

TRUMP  A man becomes preeminent, he’s expected to have enthusiasms. Enthusiasms… Enthusiasms…What are mine? What draws my admiration? What is that which gives me joy?…Baseball. (He holds up a baseball bat) A man, a man stands alone at a plate. This is the time for what? For individual achievement. There he stands alone. But in the field, what? PART OF A TEAM!

All: Teamwork.

TRUMP: Looks, throws, catches, hustles, part of one big team. Bats himself the live-long day, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and so on. If his team don’t field, what is he? You follow me? No one. A sunny day, the stands are full of fans. What does he have to say? ‘I’m goin’ out there for myself. But, I get nowhere unless the team wins.’


The President has stopped circling the table. He stands directly behind his Senior Advisor Steven K. Bannon. A look of hatred and cruel, murderous attempt appears on Trump’s face as he clutches the handle of the baseball bat as if it were a sledge hammer. Bannon is unaware, joking, chatting with the other boys.

Trump brings down the bat with furious force, making a loud “THWACK” which can be heard echoing throughout the White House. The bat has shattered into a thousand pieces.

“Ow!” Bannon says, rubbing the back of his head as he turns around to face his furious President. “What the hell? That’s gonna leave a bump.”

“The National Security Council. You’re not on it any more,” Trump hisses. “Take a walk.”

“What about all the other stuff I do,” Bannon asks, sounding a bit wounded.

Trump’s features soften. “Oh, that stuff. Don’t worry. You’re still in charge of all of that. Now, go ice down your coconut.”

“Jesus,” Bannon mutters as he rises from his chair and leaves the room.

Trump calls after him. “Hey, Mister Grumpy Butt…”

Bannon stops and turns around to face the President.

“Don’t worry. You can still attend any meeting where your expertise is needed,” Trump says.

Bannon snorts. Turns to the door. Leaves the room.