This is little more than musical chairs, with Bannon changing positions while still being allowed to attend meetings of the National Security Council.
According to a National Security Presidential Memorandum in the Federal Register, Bannon is off the council and Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert has been demoted.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster is now in charge of setting the agenda for meetings of the council and can delegate that responsibility to Bossertif he so chooses.
THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER
April 5, 2017
Bossert took a trip to Iraq this week with Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and one of his top advisers.
“The security threats facing the United States in the 21st century transcend international boundaries,” Trump wrote in the memo. “Accordingly, the United States Government’s decision-making structures and processes to address these challenges must remain equally adaptive and transformative.”
Bannon’s appointment to the National Security Council was seen as controversial in the early days of the Trump administration given the stories about Muslims and foreign countries published during his time in charge of Breitbart. (Source)
Bannon’s removal from the council comes as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates were reinstated to the National Security Council’s principals committee.
Democrats were concerned about Bannon’s appointment to the council because of his past statements in which he compared himself to Vladimir Lenin and advocated for the destruction of the administrative state.
Some Democratic lawmakers even introduced a bill to prevent him from being on the council.
Flynn was eventually run out of the White House for inaccurately telling Vice President Mike Pence about the nature and frequency of his conversations with the Russian ambassador in the lead up to Trump’s inauguration.
“I was put on to ensure that it was de-operationalized. General McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function.” (Source)