>> Fierce reaction Sunday over President Donald Trump's decision to downgrade the military Chiefs of Staff and give his controversial Chief Strategist, Steven Bannon, a permanent seat on the National Security Council. Senator John McCain, the Senate Armed Services Chairman, telling CBS Face the Nation he is worried about Trump's decision to elevate Bannon because it minimizes the role of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He calls the move a radical departure from any National Security Council in history. Former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, tweeting Sunday morning, this is stone cold crazy. Bannon, a Washington outsider known to cater to white nationalists through his former post as head of right wing website Breitbart, will now hold a seat on the council's Principals Committee, participating in high level national security talks.
Saturday, he sat alongside senior heads of state while Trump spoke on the phone with Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Last week, Bannon called the US mainstream media the opposition party, and said it should keep its mouth shut. In addition to promoting Bannon, Trump's order downgrades the National Intelligence Director and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the NSC's inner circle, the Principals Committee.
In previous administrations, they attended all committee meetings.