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Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

U.S. President Donald Trump has removed White House strategist Steve Bannon from his permanent seat on the National Security Council (NSC), although he is still permitted to attend meetings at the invitation of the National Security Adviser.

“[Former National Security Adviser] Susan Rice operationalized the NSC during the last administration,” Bannon said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. “I was put on to ensure that it was de-operationalized. [National Security Adviser] General [H.R.] McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function,” he said.

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Former National Security Adviser Lt.-Gen. Michael Flynn was appointed initially as the National Security Adviser, with Bannon given a seat on the NSC allegedly to make sure Flynn carried out a directive to de-politicize the body, Fox News reported.

Flynn was subsequently dismissed after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he held with a Russian official.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.