Earlier today at the White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer — with the help of props — said that any suggestions the White House made a major shakeup of the National Security Council were “utter nonsense.” This was in the wake of reports that chief strategist and former Breitbart publisher Steve Bannon was given a seat at the council.
Well, CNN’s Jake Tapper didn’t take too kindly to that description. While hosting The Lead, Tapper used a term the Trump Administration recently coined to hit back at them.
“To be charitable, those are alternative facts from our friends at the White House,” the anchor stated. “National security experts in the presidential memorandum making the change disagree.”
Tapper went on to note that neither of the last two presidents top strategists were given seats on the council, pointing out that Karl Rove wasn’t even invited to the meetings while David Axelrod would only occasionally attend as an observer.
He further added that the Director of National Intelligence and the Chariman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are no longer principal members but will be asked to attend when their expertise is needed on pertinent issues, explaining that also represents a major change.
“Why the president would think that the former publisher of Breitbart is a more important voice on national security matters than the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or the Director of National Intelligence, that’s a mystery,” Tapper opined.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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