Report: Steve Bannon Threatened to Quit if Removed From National Security Council
The political world was rocked yesterday with news that White House strategist, Steve Bannon, would be removed from the National Security Council. Now a new report from The New York Times is alleging that the demotion came over the ex-Breitbart chairman’s strenuous opposition. At once point, a source tells the Times, that Bannon was so irritated he threatened to quit the administration altogether.
Per the Times:
Mr. Bannon resisted the move, even threatening at one point to quit if it went forward, according to a White House official who, like others, insisted on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Mr. Bannon’s camp denied that he had threatened to resign and spent the day spreading the word that the shift was a natural evolution, not a signal of any diminution of his outsize influence.
As a political operative with no relevant experience, Bannon’s elevation to the Principals Committee of the National Security Council was extraordinarily controversial at the time. Additional reporting has alleged that Bannon’s true purpose there was to monitor the activities of ex-National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. With Flynn’s resignation after only 24 days on the job, administration officials told the media that Bannon’s role on the committee was no longer needed. Others credited Flynn’s replacement, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, with orchestrating the move.
During Donald Trump’s press conference, yesterday, with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, the chief strategist was conspicuously absent.
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