President Trump has apparently decided that Steve Bannon should not remain on the National Security Council. Commence theorizing.
Bloomberg just broke the story that Steve Bannon, White House Chief Strategist, has been removed from the National Security Council (NSC), by order of President Trump. While that might seem a bit surprising to some, it wasn’t a completely unpredictable move.
Before anyone gets excited about the concept that Trump might have actually listened to any pundits, activists, politicians, or any of the others who have been complaining about Bannon’s position on the NSC, do not expect that a reason will be given. On the off chance that Trump decides to tweet about his reasoning, expect it to have something to do with some other recent changes on the White House staff.
Yes, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) did just recently call Bannon a “white supremacist type” on MSNBC, but it’s unlikely that made a difference in Trump’s calculus.
What really matters is the opinion of someone who is closer to Trump than Bannon could ever be – Assistant to the President Jared Kushner. Timing is everything, and right after Roger Stone started suggesting that Kushner was out for blood on Bannon, the writing was on the wall. Things move fast in DC, so it’s under 24 hours since that theory hit The Washington Examiner.
If you’re dizzy now, don’t feel bad. This is what you get when you put a reality TV star in the Oval Office – headlines that look like they were pulled from the celebrity gossip rags, and news moving at the speed of tweets. For those of you who are big on the details, the filing itself can be read here.
As for what this actually means, time will tell. It may not take very long, but it’s not out of the question to see Bannon fall out of favor entirely, if the rumors about Kushner are accurate. If anyone thinks that Bannon will make it in the White House for long with the president’s son-in-law gunning for him – well, that’s truly lionizing a person who made his name by riding on the reputation of a dead man. So, time to sit back, get some popcorn, and see how this plays out.
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