The removal of presidential aide Steve Bannon from the National Security Council is a relief to U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, Maine’s Democratic member of Congress.
The 1st District representative said that President Donald Trump, who took Bannon off the council Wednesday, “showed poor judgment in allowing” Bannon to sit on the panel that weighs difficult diplomatic and military issues.
“Someone who is best known for producing fake news and making inflammatory statements should never have had a seat on the National Security Council, where levelheaded decision-making must prevail for the sake of America’s safety and security,” she said in a prepared statement.
Bannon, the former chairman Breitbart News, is the president’s chief strategist at the White House. He played a key role during Trump’s presidential campaign last year.
Both of Maine’s senators, Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King, said from the start that Bannon shouldn’t have a seat on the NSC.
Collins called it “entirely inappropriate” while King said Bannon’s selection was “dangerous” given that “has no qualifications whatsoever” for the position.
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, left, walks March 23, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump removed Bannon from the National Security Council, reversing an earlier controversial decision to give Bannon access to the high-level meetings.