Stephen Bannon-Trump’s Brain-Demoted From NSC
Seems that yesterday, the Trump WH put the writing on the wall if you were looking:
“The White House is downplaying the importance of an internal policy shop that was once believed to be the brainchild and power center of chief strategist Stephen Bannon, saying the Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG) never even existed.”
“That appears to contradict media reports and the claims of at least one White House staffer who previously said that he was a member of the SIG.”
“The group — described in scores of media reports as an internal think tank launched by Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus and senior adviser Jared Kushner — would be irrelevant now even if it had formed, a White House aide said.”
OK-the SIG-is a technically a different topic than Bannon on NSC, but only technically. In reality it seems to suggest a certain desire to diminish Bannon’s importance more generally. There have been reports of a Kushner-Bannon struggle which is bad news for Bannon as Kushner is the one person he-or anyone else in the Trump WH-can’t beat.
Bloomberg with the scoop:
“President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, according to a person familiar with the decision and a regulatory filing.”
“National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was given responsibility for setting the agenda for meetings of the NSC or the Homeland Security Council, and was authorized to delegate that authority to Bossert, at his discretion, according to the filing.”
“Under the move, the national intelligence director, Dan Coats, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, are again “regular attendees” of the NSC’s principals committee.”
So this is good news for H.R. McMaster. Though you have to wonder why Bannon is really off. Not that this is not a good thing in its own right. But is this more to do with McMaster or Jared? McMaster wasn’t even allowed to fire Flynn castoff Ezra Cohn-Watnick.
“A White House official said that Bannon was placed on the committee in part to monitor Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and never attended a meeting. He’s no longer needed with McMaster in charge of the council, the official said.”
“Trump fired Flynn on Feb. 13 for not disclosing to the president or to Vice President Mike Pence the extent of his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, before Trump’s inauguration.”
This just doesn’t add up as Flynn has been gone since February 23. Of course, Flynn being fired for lying to Pence also didn’t make sense as the Trump WH knew that for three weeks.
Some early good news-other than getting Bannon off the NSC, which is great news in its own right:
Breaking: Paul Ryan Pushed for Bannon Removal from NSC https://t.co/ecbbrVoemb
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) April 5, 2017
Yep, the Trumpkins are blaming Paul Ryan, who is already the least popular politician in the country.
The narrative that seems to be building on the Trump Right is, anything that goes wrong is not Trump’s fault, it’s all on Paul Ryan.
If there’s a futures market on Paul Ryan’s popularity, take the under.
In that same vein, Tryancare 2.0 is also a bust.
“Pence’s Obamacare diplomacy fails to yield a deal.”
“Conservatives and moderates say they heard two different things from the White House.”
Boehner told us over a month ago-the GOP never agrees on healthcare.
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