by Pamela Williams
President Trump has hired a new National Security Adviser, General H.R. McMaster. He has made it clear to McMaster he has full authority to structure the National Security Team, as he sees fit. To be honest, President Trump is not going to get anyone who does not demand full control of his command. This is going to shake up Trump’s team of counselors, or at least it could.
I guess one could say Trump may have too many voices speaking at one time. However, the hiring of McMaster may silence one voice, or at least move it to the background. Steve Bannon is having his share of trouble right now, and he may be in the path of another bump in the road. President Trump says he would be willing to remove Steve Bannon from the National Security Council.
I don’t know if this has anything to do with the BREITBART resigning of Milo Yiannopoulos. I might say “‘notorious” Milo Yiannopoulos. However, there is no one to blame for this fiasco but Milo and Steve Bannon. Steve Bannon hired an “out there” gay man to write for BREITBART, and he put Milo at the front of the Conservative movement as representative of the Trump/Pence campaign. Milo became a star right away! I am not saying I am against Milo being gay, but I am against the way he flaunted his private life on the campaign trail. It was a bad move on Bannon’s part, and he may suffer for it.
I am sure most of you have heard of the “Milo scandal”, but if you have not, I will say a little about it here.
Many Trump supporters have expressed their disgust at Yiannopoulos’ rising star because he is gay. His racist, xenophobic, transphobic, and misogynistic talking points came straight from their own playbook, but many of the Deplorables were unable to get past his sexuality. After he was announced as a CPAC speaker, the knives came out and audio was quickly circulated of Yiannopoulos joking about his own sexual abuse as a child and downplaying age of consent laws.
“My employer Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved. They have allowed me to carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that would otherwise never have heard them. They have been a significant factor in my success. I’m grateful for that freedom and for the friendships I forged there,” Yiannopoulos said in a prepared statement today. “I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting, which is why today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately. This decision is mine alone.”
“When your friends have done right by you, you do right by them. For me, now, that means stepping aside so my colleagues at Breitbart can get back to the great work they do.”
As far as Bannon goes, Trump last month took the unusual step of adding Bannon, a former media and financial executive who was an architect of the president’s campaign strategy, to the National Security Council’s principals committee while downgrading the status of the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The move—which meant Bannon would be invited to all council meetings—drew criticism from both Republicans and Democrats, who questioned whether Bannon’s addition would insert domestic politics into national-security decision-making.
I myself feel now it was a mistake to elevate Steve Bannon to such an extraordinary role, and I am sure it has caused its share of problems. However, one must learn for one’s self, as it takes time to learn the ins and outs of the Presidency. Bannon has been a strong leader by President Trump’s side, and that has been needed in the White House. No one has ever had the wrath of an opposition party thrown at them like Trump has. The Liberals have and are still out for blood. President Trump needs the support of loyal and strong leaders around him. He needs to stay the path of moving forward amid all setbacks.
The press secretary Spicer made these remarks in the daily White House press briefing.
When asked if Gen. McMaster’s control over his team would extend to control of the principals committee and the potential removal of the chief strategist, Spicer said that McMaster “would come to the president and make that recommendation, but the president would take that under high—you know, serious consideration.”
Spicer added that in meetings with people for the position of national security adviser over the weekend, “The president made it very clear with [Gen. McMaster] and the other candidates that they had 100% control and authority over the national security committee.”
McMaster hasn’t indicated any changes he would like to make regarding the National Security Council.
Following the Milo backlash, American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp, who organised the conference, rescinded Mr Yiannopoulos’ invitation.“We realise that Mr Yiannopoulos has responded on Facebook, but it is insufficient,” Mr Schlapp said in a statement. “It is up to him to answer the tough questions and we urge him to immediately further address these disturbing comments.”
Breitbart is considered by many a platform for the so-called “alt-right” movement, an offshoot of conservatism that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism.Stephen K. Bannon, a senior adviser to US President Donald Trump, is the executive chairman of Breitbart. The site was hugely successful during the 2016 presidential campaign, thanks to social media. On election night, Breitbart’s Facebook page had the fourth-highest number of user interactions on the whole platform, beating CNN, Fox News, and the New York Times, according to the New York Times.