31 Jan '17, 9pm

McCain: National Security Council Needs Joint Chiefs Chairman

WASHINGTON — Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain bucked US President Donald Trump, yet again, to say he wants the Joint Chiefs chairman to retain a seat on the National Security Council (NSC). “The chairman, according to law, is the principal military adviser to the president, so of course he should be in there,” McCain, R-Ariz., told reporters Tuesday. The SASC’s top Democrat, Sen. Jack Reed, of Rhode Island, has strongly condemned the elevating of White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon on the principals committee and sidelining the Joint Chiefs chairman and the director of national intelligence as “outrageous and potentially dangerous.” “I think there’s two aspects here: Bannon’s addition and the exclusion of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, so you’re losing a military, nonpartisan professional and gaining someone who is more of a political operativ...

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