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Donald Trump removes Steve Bannon from National Security Council

Chief White House strategist Steve Bannon has been removed from his role at the National Security Council by President Donald Trump, according to reports.

Bannon, who is the former executive chairman of conservative website Breitbart News, was appointed to the National Security Council’s principals committee at the beginning of the Trump presidency.

An official told CNN that Bannon was only on the council to oversee now-ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's work to "deoperationalize" the NSC from the broad purview it had under Susan Rice.

Trump also downgraded the role of his Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert.

National security adviser HR McMaster is now in charge of setting the agenda for meetings of the council.

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