“Mr. Bannon is invited to those meetings but the meetings have been and will continue to be run by our national security experts…The total makeup of the meeting is rotating but we are following a lot of the precedent that has been set before…so it’s absolutely common for senior advisors to attend so as far as those from the national security apparatus, it’s up to the national security experts and White House strategist to sit in and participate in those meetings… People are not being named to the committee, Mr. Bannon is a regular attendee and someone who is invited to attend, he is not being named as a regular attendee of the National Security Council, he is invited to attend the meetings just like Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod were.”
—— Boris Epshteyn on the controversy surrounding Steve Bannon being allowed to attend meetings of the National Security Council.
Boris Epshteyn, Special Assistant to President Donald Trump spoke with Kilmeade & Friends about the President’s executive order banning entry into the United States for migrants from seven mostly Muslim countries and the controversy surrounding President Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon being allowed to attend meetings of the National Security Council.
Epshteyn On the executive order banning entry into the United States and the status of green card holders
(EPSHTEYN) Green card holders were always going to be allowed to travel but they are subject to re-screening, extra screening which again, is something that already takes place. If you are coming into this country and are not a citizen, even as a citizen you get screened but if you are not a citizen you get screened to a bit of an extra level. Now if you are coming from these 7 countries, now again, we are talking about 7 countries, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia (Syria, Libya) These countries are known state sponsor of terrorism, known countries that are not safe for Americans to travel to, that’s what this is all about, it does not go broader that that at this point. So we need to make sure that we are clear to Americans about what this is and it is not a ban, it’s a 90 day and 120 day pause.