Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, senior member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, recently released a statement regarding President Donald Trump’s decision to add White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon to the National Security Council while also limiting the roles of the director of national intelligence and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff in National Security Council affairs.
“I'm deeply dismayed by President Trump’s unprecedented decision to include a political strategist, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, on the National Security Council. The decades-old tradition of keeping decisions on national security separate from politics at home is sacred, and this radical move to introduce politics, bias and fringe views into the decision-making process for our national security is alarming,” Carper said in the statement.
“I am equally dismayed that while President Trump has injected politics into the National Security Council, he has also decided to limit the roles of the director of national intelligence and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff by not naming them as standing members of the primary committee that formulates national security recommendations for the council.
“The president owes to us, and our brave men and women in the armed forces who are sent to protect us from threats around the globe, a National Security Council that provides the best military, intelligence and national security advice untainted by politics. Anything less makes our nation less safe.”