Breitbart's Bannon Joins National Security Council

Steve Bannon, the chief strategist for Donald Trump, who first rose to prominence as publisher of online right-wing news and opinion site Breitbart News, is joining one of the most powerful institutions in the U.S. government.

Over the weekend, President Trump appointed him to the “principals committee” of National Security Council, which advises the president on all security policy.

Trump simultaneously removed the Director of National Intelligence (a position currently unfilled pending approval of nominee Dan Coats, former Republican senator from Indiana) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, from the principals committee.

Bannon left his position as executive chairman of Breitbart News in August of last year to run Trump’s campaign for president, replacing the real-estate mogul and reality TV star’s previous chief strategist, Paul Manafort.

As chief strategist, he was credited with reinvigorating Trump’s flailing presidential campaign and crafting its unorthodox and ultimately successful game plan. Bannon deliberately courted controversy in order to win media coverage and raise the candidate’s profile. At the same time, he used Trump’s Twitter account and sympathetic online outlets, like Breitbart, to counter criticism and present the candidate’s own version of events.

Since the election, Bannon has continued to play a central role guiding the Trump administration’s first moves, including the issuing of controversial executive orders to build a wall on the border with Mexico and turn away travelers from seven countries with Muslim majorities.

Bannon’s appointment to the NSC took many observers by surprise, in light of his apparent lack of expertise in national security matters. No previous president has appointed a purely political operative to the NSC.

A number of politicians expressed concern about Bannon’s appointment, including some Republican grandees.

Sen. John McCain, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, stated: “I am worried about the National Security Council. Who are the members of it and who are the permanent members? The appointment of Mr. Bannon is something which is a radical departure from any National Security Council in history.”

5 comments about "Breitbart's Bannon Joins National Security Council".
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  1. Ford Kanzler from Marketing/PR Savvy, January 30, 2017 at 7:15 p.m.

    Yeah, we don't need any seniro career military professionals to advise the chief executive, because, as he reminded us, he, "...knows more about ISIS (and likely any other security threat toour country) than the generals." What a guy! Can you say "legend in his own mind."

  2. charles bachrach from BCCLTD, January 30, 2017 at 7:21 p.m.

    Bannon isn't fit to be a dog catcher....VERY bad guy!!!!!!

  3. Christina Ricucci from Millenia 3 Communications replied, January 31, 2017 at 1:11 p.m.

    Look up Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Ford, and check out the list of symptoms. We've already seen virtually every one--times ten--in Trump; the only one or two not yet demonstrated are surely there, waiting for the right moment to wreak destruction. If ever there was a textbook case....

  4. Chuck Lantz from, network replied, January 31, 2017 at 5:09 p.m.

    Christina; According to at least one expert, Trump's mental condition may be even worse:

    "John D. Gartner, a psychotherapist who teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, told US News that he believes Trump has “malignant narcissism,” which is incurable, and different from narcissistic personality disorder." -

  5. Chuck Lantz from, network, January 31, 2017 at 5:18 p.m.

    And while we're at it, Trump's claims of not just personal intelligence, but super-intelligence takes a few hits at this linked article.  Of particular note are a few estimates of his vocabulary levels, which are fourth or fifth grade level.  And while Trump fans will claim that Donald may be purposely dumbing-down his public comments, his juvenile wordsmithing was also noted by the guy who ghost-wrote Trump's book,  Art of the Deal.

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