Sean Spicer Defends Steve Bannon Sitting In on National Security Council Meetings

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended the memorandum President Trump signed that gives Steve Bannon a permanent seat in National Security Council meetings.

The Director of National Intelligence and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will only be attending meetings where “issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed.” ABC News reports that this is similar to policy carried out during the Bush administration.

Spicer told ABC’s Martha Raddatz this morning, “We are instilling reforms to make sure that we streamline the process for the president to make decisions on key, important intelligence matters.”

He also noted that Trump will continue to meet with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, but he just wants to focus on making the NSC “less bureaucratic and more focused on providing the president with the intelligence he needs.”

Raddatz asked specifically what Bannon provides to these meetings. Spicer said, “Well, he is a former naval officer. He’s got a tremendous understanding of the world and the geopolitical landscape that we have now… Having the chief strategist for the president in those meetings who has a significant military
background to help guide what the president’s final analysis is going to be is crucial. ”

Watch above, via ABC.

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