Bannon will sit as regular principal at NSC meetings. Trump says the director of national intel and the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will henceforth sit as principals only when the agenda involves their “reponsibilities and expertise” instead of being regular attendees. Trump orders ISIS plan, talks with Putin and gives Bannon national security role In a separate presidential memo, Trump reorganized the National Security Council to, along with other changes, give Bannon a regular seat on the principals committee — the meetings of the most senior national security officials, including the secretaries of defense and state. That memo also states that the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will sit on the principals committee only when the issues to be discussed pertain to their “responsibilities and expertise.” In the previous two administrations, both were included as regular attendees. The White House thinks the changes will make the NSC more adaptive to modern threats. Trump said the changes would bring “a lot of efficiency and, I think, a lot of additional safety.” The changes affirm the ascent of Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart, a conservative website that is popular with white nationalists, who has emerged as Trump’s political consigliere and the keeper of the president’s populist flame. I am not a fan of leaving out the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from regular meetings with Trump deciding when they should be present. What does "national security" mean these days anyway? How exactly does leaving those guys out of the direct loop of regular meetings add safety?