Steve Bannon has been removed from his permanent seat on the National Security Council and is downgraded to the role of a Homeland Security advisor.
The decision comes from Trump himself. Bannon had been authorized to reorganize the National Security Council and named a permanent member in January.
Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, has been under criticism from Congress since his ascension to the Security Council’s principals committee, during the first days of Trump’s presidency.
According to the White House, Bannon was placed on the council to monitor National Security Chief Michael Flynn, and is no longer needed in that position. Trump fired Flynn on Feb. 13, following the disclosure that had conversations with a Russian ambassador about US sanctions before Trump’s inauguration.
The White House is playing down the move, as if it were something planned earlier.