President Donald Trump congratulates Stephen Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff in the East Room of the White House on January 22.

President Donald Trump congratulates Stephen Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff in the East Room of the White House on January 22.

President Trump has reorganized the National Security Council. His controversial chief strategist, Steve Bannon, joins the NSC and the president has demoted the director of National Intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Steve Bannon is now part of the NSC’s principals committee, the top interagency group for discussing national security.

Former security officials from the Obama administration are incredulous at the move. Former NSC adviser Susan Rice said the appointment was “stone cold crazy.”

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who served under Obama and George W. Bush, called the demotions a “big mistake” in an interview with ABC News. How big of a role is the ex-chief executive of the ‘alt-right’ Breitbart News Network playing in the new administration?

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  • Joshua Green Senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • Michael Waldman President of the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law; former speechwriter and aide to President Bill Clinton.
  • Gayle Trotter Gayle Trotter is a columnist, political analyst and attorney who regularly appears on TV, such as Fox News Channel, contributes to The Hill, The Daily Caller, Townhall and other well-known political websites, and is a frequent guest on radio shows across the country providing an insider’s view of Washington, DC. http://gayletrotter.com/

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