>> In a major White House shake-up, President Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, on Wednesday losing his seat at the National Security Council. Bannon's removal from the influential post viewed as a major victory for Trump's National Security Advisor, HR McMaster. The move reversing Trump's much criticized decision to appoint Bannon a political advisor.
As a permanent member of the usually non-partisan NSC.>> We've been told that General McMaster believes he has been in a fight to the death with Steve Bannon, others in the White House to exert the control that the National Security Adviser normally exerts over the policy, over the process, over the personnel.
So for now, seems like he has won, not a war, but an important battle.>> McMaster, a former army general, apparent winning back full control of the council, which he took over after the Alster and Michael Flynn for lying about his contacts with Russian officials.>> If this change comes at a time when President Trump is faced with a, just today and yesterday with a major challenge.
President said I believe Chemical weapons attack in Syria, major questions on North Korea, policy on the fight against the ISIS, on dealing with China. There'd been questions about whether the president has the people and the policies in place fully yet to deal with those complicated issues. And one would hope that this change sort of stabilizes things and will lead to a more rational process.
>> Bannon, a former Breitbart editor, has been a lightning rod for his ties to white nationalism and for Trump's much maligned executive order banning travelers from several Muslim nations. But, while Bannon will no longer be a permanent member of the council, Reuter's sources say he will still be allowed to attend some meetings.