It’s less than three months since President Trump was sworn into office, and the National Security Council (NSC) lineup has already changed. Originally, Trump said he would identify nine members, including Bannon, along with other officials, like the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff to weigh in on matters, as needed. This week announced a few names are out, and a few names are in. That begs, who really does get a seat at the table when the NSC gathers?
Since the shake-up, here’s the new lineup:
- The National Security Advisor: H.R. McMaster (United States Army lieutenant general and not Michael Flynn, as originally planned)
- The Secretary of the Treasury: Steve Munchkin (former Goldman Sachs executive and OneWest Bank chief)
- The Secretary of Defense: James Mattis (Retired US Marine Corps general).
- The Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson (Former CEO of ExxonMobil)
- The Secretary of Energy: Rick Perry (former Texas governor)
- The Secretary of Homeland Security: John Kelly (former head of the US military’s Southern Command)
- The White House Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus (Former Republican National Committee chairman)
- Attorney General: Jeff Sessions (Former US senator of Alabama)
- The Director of National Intelligence: Dan Coats (former Indiana senator)
- The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Joseph Dunford (United States Marine Corps general)
- The director of the CIA: Mike Pompeo (businessman and former U.S. Representative for Kansas’s 4th congressional district)
- The Homeland Security Advisor: Tom Bossert (national security aide to former US president George W. Bush)
- The US representative to the United Nations: Nikki Haley (former governor of South Carolina)
Trump’s new Memorandum also invites ““The Counsel to the President, the Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget” to attend all PC meetings. Deputies are also expected to have a seat at the table, depending on the issues.