Steve Bannon removed from National Security Council role

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President Donald Trump has removed White House chief strategist Steve Bannon from his National Security Council.

Mr Bannon, an ex Goldman Sachs banker and former executive chairman of Breitbart News, was appointed to the National Security Council in January in a move that pointed to his rising influence in the administration while drawing criticism from members of Congress.

The news of the shake-up was first reported by Bloomberg on Wednesday. Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert would also take on a lesser role as part of the reshuffle.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and director of national intelligence, who had their roles downgraded in January as well, have now been returned to their previous positions.

Mr Trump’s National Security Council has seen a number of changes after Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser in February after it was revealed that he misled the White House about his his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to Washington.

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