American politicians react to Bannon appointment

American officials have expressed widespread criticism of the appointment of President Trump adviser, Steve Bannon, to the U.S. National Security Council.
By Chad Young | Jan 30, 2017
American officials have expressed widespread criticism of the appointment of President Trump adviser, Steve Bannon, to the U.S. National Security Council.

Bannon, who is a former investment banker and executive at Breitbart News, is being equated to former U.S. President George W. Bush adviser, Karl Rove, who many politicians have pointed out was never allowed into any National Security Council (also known as the Principal's Committee) meeting.

"The president made that clear right at the beginning: If it's an NSC meeting, you may not appear," Bolten told conference attendees in September," said Josh Bolten, former chief of staff for President Bush. "The president knew that the signal he wanted to send to the rest of his administration, the signal he wanted to send to the public, and the signal he especially wanted to send to the military is that the decisions I'm making that involve life and death for the people in uniform will not be tainted by any political decisions."


Many Americans have expressed concern over the close-knit base of control that is being created by U.S. President Donald Trump.

"It's giving more and more power to an informal coterie of people in the White House to play leading roles on national security whether it's Bannon in the NSC role or Jared Kushner, who has been given portfolios in China, Mexico and Israel," said David Rothkopf, an administrative official forformer U.S. President Bill Clinton. Rothkopf wrote a published book on theNational Security Council afterserving his post in the Clinton administration.

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