Trump strategist Bannon loses National Security Council seat

President Donald Trump has removed his senior strategist Steve Bannon from the US National Security Council (NSC).

The appointment in January raised fears that the gathering of US intelligence chiefs could become politicised.

A White House aide told US media the reshuffle was not a demotion for Mr Bannon.

The aide said Mr Bannon was only given a seat on the NSC to keep an eye on National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired in February.

The NSC is the main group advising the president on national security and foreign affairs.

Critics have branded Mr Bannon a right-wing outlet accused of xenophobia – as a white nationalist.

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