Gates: 'Big Mistake' by Trump to Push Key Intelligence, Military Leaders Out of Security Council Principals Committee

Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Robert Gates called it “a big mistake” by President Trump to downgrade the status of the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the National Security Council, limiting which council meetings the two leaders can attend.

Trump made the change to the National Security Council in an executive memorandum Saturday that also gave the president’s controversial senior adviser and chief strategist Stephen Bannon a seat at the council’s Principals Committee meetings.

“My biggest concern is there are actually, under the law, two statutory advisers to the National Security Council, and that’s the director of [national] intelligence, or the DNI, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff,” Gates told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on “This Week.” “They both bring a perspective and judgment and experience…

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