At least one Republican lawmaker is rejoicing at the news that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon will no longer be serving on the U.S. National Security Council.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, tweeted Wednesday that Bannon’s removal was “welcome news.”
Bannon, who was named to the post after Trump reorganized the NSC in January, was allegedly there to keep watch over former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Ros-Lehtinen had opposed Bannon’s placement since the beginning.
Although presidents structure the NSC as they see fit, Bannon should write himself out of this role on the council,” she said back in January.
Some of Ros-Lehtinen’s Democratic colleagues shared her sentiments on Bannon’s ousting.
I’d be very pleased he’s not on the National Security Council,” Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters Wednesday. “My hope is that he would have no role at all, that he would be completely out, because I do think that that’s not the type of advice the president should be receiving.
Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr., however, tweeted his disappointed with the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
Some Republican leaders indicated the media is making the removal of Bannon a bigger issue than it really is.
I’m not sure if that’s indicative of anything other than an internal realignment,” said Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Sen. Marco Rubio defended Trump’s decision to remove Bannon, noting “the president has the right to choose anyone he wants to serve on that.”
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