After a receiving and embarrassing demotion, one of Donald Trump’s top adviser, Steve Bannon, threatened to quit his position at the White House.
The former chairman of Breitbart news, who has been a part of the US President’s first two months of office, was removed from position unexpectedly.
Allegedly, Mr Bannon was disappointed with the President’s decision to demote him that he threatened to resign.
Mr Bannon’s team was quick to deny that there had been any such resignation threat and insisted the shift was a “natural evolution”.
In one sweep, Mr Trump reorganized the council, removed Mr Bannon from his position and also downgraded the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Mr. Tom Bossert.
Trump adviser Steve Bannon (L) and Counselor to US President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway
With the reorganization, the National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was given responsibility for setting the agenda for meetings of the Homeland Security Council, and was authorized to delegate this authority to Mr Bossert, if needed. Not changed is the role of the national intelligence director, Dan Coats, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, which are again “regular attendees” of the NSC’s principal’s committee.
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, left, walks with White House chief of staff Reince Priebus
Mr Bannon as one of the biggest supporters during the campaign of Mr Trump, was elevated to the National Security Council’s principal’s committee at the beginning of Mr Trump’s presidency.
There has been a big dose of criticism from some members of Congress and Washington’s foreign policy establishment for this kind of move on the Presidents part.
The decision has been made as new polling shows that Mr Bannon is even less popular than Mr Trump, who is viewed, until now, unfavorably by more Americans than any other president at this point in his presidency.
The Quinnipiac poll showed that just 11 per cent of those surveyed having a favorable opinion and 45 per cent having an unfavorable one — a 4-to-1 negative.