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President Donald Trump speaks to chief strategist Steve Bannon at the White House last week while his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner looks

Former Obama defence secretary and Central Intelligence Agency director Robert M. Gates, said, that "pushing [the DNI and Joint Chiefs chairman] out of the National Security Council meetings, except when their specific issues are at stake, is a big mistake". "People are not being named to the committee, Mr. Bannon is a regular attendee and someone who is invited to attend, he is not being named as a regular attendee of the National Security Council, he is invited to attend the meetings just like Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod were".

"To be charitable, those are "alternative facts" from our friends at the White House", Tapper said of Spicer's claim. Dan Coats has been confirmed as President Trump's national intelligence director, Trump seems to be undercutting his role in the administration.

But it wasn't merely a few thousand Twitter users who questioned Trump's reorganization of the National Security Council and Bannon's growing presence in the White House. "Certain homeland security issues may not be military issues and it would not be in the best interest of the joint chiefs' valuable time to be at these meetings". He also announced that Trump would add the Central Intelligence Agency director into the NSC.

"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", Josh Bolten, Bush's former chief of staff, said. "The CIA is in ours and it wasn't in theirs".

US President Donald Trump (L) congratulates Senior Counselor to the President Stephen Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff in the East Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.

But the move also resembles practices in non-democratic states such as the defunct Soviet Union, which sprinkled Communist Party officials throughout government to enforce political orthodoxy and report back to the Politburo.

NPR's Mara Liasson said whenever staffers from the political wing of the White House sit in on NSC meetings, it tends to ruffle feathers.

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Even George W. Bush, for all of his difficulties on matters of national security, made it abundantly clear that Karl Rove was to have nothing to do with the National Security Council - because to do otherwise would be inherently risky.

Steve Bannon standing far right as Trump has friendly chat with Vladimir Putin.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer.

Given this, the advice and opinions that Steve Bannon is likely to offer Donald Trump through the National Security Council will spring from a profound lack of experience and paucity of knowledge when it comes to such matters. They want another member of the inner circle inside the committee to ride herd on him.

The CIA director, now Mike Pompeo, will also have a permanent seat at the table for the first time since 2005.

"It represents a lot - and also a lot of efficiency and I think a lot of additional safety", the president said of the memo, as he signed it. "It's of concern, this quote "reorganisation". "And so, he brings to the table a much greater scope of the political landscape, vis-a-vis the world - the geopolitical landscape in national security affairs".

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