President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon was removed from the National Security Council Wednesday, NBC News reported.
As part of the shakeup announced Wednesday, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry was added to the NSC's Principals Committee. Two other officials were also added back to the committee: the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford.
A White House official told NBC News that Bannon was originally placed on the NSC's Principals' Committee as a "check against Michael Flynn," Trump's former national security adviser.
Flynn resigned in February after it was revealed he misled Vice President Mike Pence about a conversation he had with Russia's ambassador prior to Trump's inauguration.
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