Rebekah Mercer, a top Republican donor, had to urge Bannon not to quit after he was removed from his post, sources told Politico.
A senior White House official presented the move as a logical evolution, not a setback for Mr Bannon.
The skit, and others like it, are said to have infuriated Trump. The former NSC member is expected to maintain his role in national security decisions and will still have the highest level of security clearance in the West Wing. Officials added that Bannon never attended a single meeting of the council in his role.
In recent days, several other senior U.S. foreign policy and national security officials have said the mechanisms for shaping the Trump administration's response to pressing challenges such as Syria, North Korea and Iran were still not in place. "From my own point of view, he doesn't belong in the White House, either". One Trump confidant predicted: "Bannon will likely be gone soon".
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Bannon and Kushner are seen as representing two opposite poles in the administration. In addition to the changing membership of the principals committee, the new order also puts the Homeland Security Council under McMaster rather than making it a separate entity, as Trump's original order had done. McMaster immediately expressed a desire to run a less hierarchical organization and be more accessible to his staff.
The decision was made just ahead of Trump's dinner with Xi. "But now we've got McMaster in here, and he philosophically is going to do that".
The argument seems to be that Susan Rice turned the NSC into something it's not supposed to be (which seems right) and Bannon "de-operationalized" the NSC.
Senior administration officials said McMaster was out of town when these revelations occurred.
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He said Britain called on Russian Federation to do everything possible to bring about a "political settlement in Syria". Iran's president Hassan Rouhani argued the move meant "all the terrorists in Syria are celebrating this U.S. attack".
And yet Kushner, who is truly his duplicitous father's son, did what NY real estate developers do. The memo no longer lists the chief strategist as a member of the Principals Committee, a group of high-ranking officials who convene to discuss pressing national security priorities.
Kushner is near the summit of power: The only person higher than him is Trump.
The rise of Trump's son-in-law has only further isolated Priebus, who himself has grown touchy about the constant questions about his competence and stature in the White House.
Trump hopes to sign "several more" measures before the end of April to roll back Obama-era regulations under the time-limited Congressional Review Act, a White House official says.
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The next day, over at ABC, Martha Raddatz pretended to interview White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Mike Rogers, testified under oath that they knew of no surveillance of candidate or President-elect Trump at Trump Tower.
Trump himself - who has wielded a management style based on staff divisions and chaos - downplayed talk of a staff shakeup on Thursday.