What Trump's Changes Mean for the National Security Council

President Donald Trump has announced that he will include the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA), to the National Security Council(NSC).
By James Carlin | Jan 31, 2017
President Donald Trump has announced that he will include the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA), to the National Security Council(NSC).

This is after concerns were raised about giving his Chief Political Strategist, a seat on the council. Trump's decision to include Stephen K. Bannon on the council's first committee caused an uproar, as well as concerns about Bannon's influence on such a powerful and sensitive Council. Bannon will sit alongside Sectaries of State of Treasury, Defense and Energy among other policy makers.

White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, made it clear that the Director of National Intelligence and the Joint Chief Of Staff, Gen Joseph Dunford, were welcome to sit on the committee when it came to matters touching on their portfolios. That is also when he announced C.I.A Director Mike Pompeo would also sit on the Council.

Critics have argued that politicians should not be included in the Council given the nature of business discussed in the settings which are of a highly confidential nature. Decisions such as the strike on Osama Bin-Laden, Drone strikes, war decisions and national security interest matters have all been made by the NSC.

With stakes this high, it's no wonders politicians cause jitters when allowed to sit on this very powerful committee.

Bannon will not be the first political appointee to sit on the NSC. During Obama's tenure, David Axelrod sat on the Council's meeting from time to time, but he was never appointed a regular member.

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