Each day I wake up and Trump shocks me, but in fairness, and it takes effort to be fair with Trump, he campaigned to do most of the things that have shocked me.
But today he did something that he did NOT campaign on. He dismissed the Joint Chief’s of Staff from the National Security Council and replaced them with a blogger.
Do we really want bloggers to rule the world? I am a blogger. I know a lot of bloggers, but bloggers are not experts on damn near anything. Even if he was appointing a blogger I agreed with I would be nervous, because the chairman of the joint chief’s are honest to God military professionals. Between the four of them they have almost 140 years of military experience.
Trump claimed he respected the military. He just spat in the face of the entire military. This is unbelievable!
Here’s the scoop:
President Donald Trump is reshuffling the US National Security Council (NSC), downgrading the military chiefs of staff and giving a regular seat to his chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Mr Bannon, formerly the head of the populist right-wing, Breitbart News website, will join high-level discussions about national security.
The order was signed on Saturday.
The director of national intelligence and the joint chiefs will attend when discussions pertain to their areas.
Under previous administrations, the director and joint chiefs attended all meetings of the NSC’s inner circle, the principals’ committee.
The National Security Council (NSC) is the main group advising the president on national security and foreign affairs.
It is led by retired lieutenant-general Mike Flynn, who was one of Mr Trump’s closest advisers and most ardent supporters during the campaign.
“The security threats facing the United States in the 21st century transcend international boundaries,” Mr Trump’s executive order said.
“Accordingly, the United States Government’s decision-making structures and processes to address these challenges must remain equally adaptive and transformative.”
Last week, Mr. Bannon described the US mainstream media as “the opposition party”, saying it should “keep its mouth shut”.
The site he once managed, Breitbart News, serves up an anti-establishment agenda that critics accuse of xenophobia and misogyny. Under Mr Bannon, it became one of the most-read conservative news and opinion sites in the US.
Mr Trump also ordered a restructuring of the Homeland Security Council.
In two separate measures, the president ordered: