In his latest act of pandering to white supremacists, President Donald Trump granted controversial adviser Steve Bannon a regular seat at meetings of the National Security Council on Saturday, increasing Bannon’s influence in the most sensitive areas of government, several news outlets reported Sunday.
Trump on Saturday issued a presidential memorandum that places White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon to “the principals committee,” and removes the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence.
The move brings the former Breitbart publisher into the most sensitive meetings at the highest levels of government. The decision has alarmed congressional Democrats and Republicans.
“I am worried about the National Security Council,” Sen. John McCain told CBS’s “Face the Nation,” according to The Hill.
McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, called Bannon’s placement on the NSC a “radical departure from any national security council in history.”
Bannon is the former head of Breitbart News. He joined Trump’s campaign last August as its chief executive.
Breitbart News is a divisive right-wing opinion and news outlet, known for offensive headlines. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the site promotes racist, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant ideas, and it has been accused of white nationalism, a movement that opposes multiculturalism and believes in the supremacy of the white race.
Bannon, who has been with the site for about a decade and ran the business out of the basement of his D.C. townhouse, told Mother Jones about the site, “We’re the platform for the alt-right,” an anti-Semitic and white supremacist group.