Steve Bannon to Serve on National Security Council

January 29, 2017 Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s controversial Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor will serve on the revamped National Security Council. The former CEO of Breitbart News has a history of Antisemitism and has referred to women as “dykes.”

Stephen Bannon, 62, previously served as chief executive officer of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. On Wednesday, Bannon said in an interview that the media should “keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.”

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official said that people holding green cards were included in President Donald Trump’s executive action on Friday that temporarily bars people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. According to a CNN report, initially Department of Homeland Security lawyers determined that “lawful permanent residents are not included and may continue to travel to the USA.” Bannon personally overruled that decision. Later on Saturday, a senior White House official said green card holders would be allowed to re-enter the United States pending a routine re screening.

President Trump signed an executive order on Saturday to revamp the National Security Council. Trump said the National Security Council (NSC) reorganization represents “a lot of additional safety. People have been talking about this for a long time, like many years.” A senior Trump administration official said the National Security Council will be rearranged to be “more responsive to digital threats.” Since its inception, the National Security Council’s function has been to advise the president and his senior national security advisers and cabinet officials on national security and foreign policies. The N.S.C. also serves as the president’s principal arm for coordinating policies among various government agencies including the U.S. Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Civil and Human rights organizations and advocacy groups criticized President Trump for naming Steve Bannon as his Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor. The Anti-Defamation League‘s CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement, “It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premier website of the ‘alt-right’—a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists—is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house.'”

SEE ALSO: Trump Orders Overhaul of National Security Council

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