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Bannon off NSC
President Trump removed chief strategist Stephen Bannon from his seat on the National Security Council this week, in a demotion that was reportedly pushed by senior White House aide Jared Kushner. The original decision to elevate Bannon to the council caused controversy in January; critics said his presence risked politicizing foreign policy. Kushner was increasingly concerned that Bannon’s confrontational influence was hurting the president, according to Politico. Trump’s decision was seen as a vote of confidence for his new national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, who replaced Michael Flynn. A White House official said Bannon had been pla ced on the NSC to “babysit” Flynn and to ensure the council was “deoperationalized” under Trump. “That job is done,” the official said.