Wednesday, February 1, 2017

GOP defends president’s decision to add Bannon to National Security Council

BizPacReview by Juliegrace Brufke, DCNF

Democrats have been highly critical of President Donald Trump’s decision to add top adviser Steve Bannon to the National Security Council, calling the move “deeply troubling.”

A number of Republicans argue the addition will help educate the president’s confidant on pressing issues.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the addition is an act of transparency. That’s in contrast to the Obama administration, which didn’t publicly disclose when advisers were attending meetings.

“Steve has an extensive military background, extensive background in geopolitical affairs, and the assumption that he’s playing the same role as Karl Rove is just not accurate,” Spicer said during an appearance on MSNBC. “And so, he brings to the table a much greater scope of the political landscape, vis-a-vis the world — the geopolitical landscape in national security affairs.”

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