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Dem Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Kick Bannon Off National Security Council

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By    |   Wednesday, 01 Feb 2017 01:48 PM

A piece of legislation introduced by a Democratic congresswoman Wednesday would remove chief White House strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council.

Members of both parties disagreed with President Donald Trump's decision to give Bannon a seat on the council and have him attend meetings, but it's unclear if Rep. Stephanie Murphy's bill will pass. Republicans control both houses of Congress.

The National Security Council does not typically contain politicians and instead is comprised of national security and foreign affairs specialists, according to The Hill.

"Our men and women in uniform, our intelligence and Homeland Security professionals, and our citizens should feel secure in their knowledge that the critical decisions made by the NSC are free from political considerations," Murphy, who represents Florida's 7th district, said during a House floor speech.

"The American people deserve a national security policy-making process that inspires confidence, not cynicism."

The Trump administration is defending the move to put Bannon on the NSC, with White House spokesman Sean Spicer saying Sunday Bannon has extensive military experience.

"Well, he is a former naval officer. He's got a tremendous understanding of the world and the geopolitical landscape that we have now, Spicer said.

"Having the chief strategist for the president in those meetings who has a significant military background to help guide what the president's final analysis is going to be is crucial."

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