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Simple Mistake Causes Outrage Over Steve Bannon Promotion

President Donald Trump was pounced on when news broke that he was offering White House chief strategist Steve Bannon a major role on his foreign policy team. Critics on both sides of the aisle accused Mr. Trump of putting politics before national security. As it turns out, this was not the president's intention; it was a copy and paste error.

The New York Times reports that Trump's team never meant to elevate Bannon; they were crafting a memo on the organization for the National Security Council and cut and pasted some language from a former organization chart from the George W. Bush administration. What they didn't realize at the time was that the Joint Chiefs chairman and the intelligence director at the time were elevated to full NSC members on the principals committee under former President Barack Obama.

The position on the NSC principals committee is usually offered to top military officials, intelligence agents and cabinet secretaries. Bannon was never meant to be a permanent member of the committee. Had he been placed, he would have removed the director of national intelligence and the Joint Chiefs chairman as attendees.

Immediately after the mistake was made, an uproar ensued.

"Given the gravity of the issues the NSC deals with, it is vital that that body not be politicized, and Bannon's presence as a member of that body politicizes it instantly," said Mike Mullen, a retired US Navy admiral and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to NPR in an interview. He urged Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, national security advisor, to remove Bannon from the council.

When asked to respond to the challenge, White House Secretary Sean Spicer said that changing Bannon's status would need to be approved by President Trump.

The POTUS did give Bannon a seat intentionally in hopes of quelling leaked information. He did not intend for him to reduce anyone else's role or replace anyone. No military or intelligence leaders were meant to be demoted.

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