Donald Trump has prioritized draining the swamp since day one of his presidency, and according to bombshell new report on Tuesday, the White House is not exempt from that goal.
National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien revealed on Tuesday that in service of that goal, he’s in the process of removing half of the staffers on the bloated National Security Council.
The NSC under Barack Obama ballooned to 240 staffers from the 115 employed by the Bush administration, and Republicans have long complained about the bureaucratic redundancy within the advisory board.
When O’Brien took over from ousted NSA John Bolton in September of 2019, Trump instructed him to make “substantial” cuts to the size of the council. O’Brien revealed that his goal is to reduce NSC staff to just 105 members by the end of the summer.
A top White House official told the New York Post that “the staffing reduction is not performance-based and will be carried out by returning staffers on assignment from the State and Defense departments and the FBI.”
O’Brien explained in a statement to the Post on Tuesday that “Under previous administrations, the NSC more than doubled in size and duplicated many of the functions of DoD, State and the intelligence community.”
“Under President Trump, we have brought the NSC back to its proper size and role as a coordinating body,” O’Brien continued.
Women now make up 50 percent of the Council’s leadership, and 12 of the council’s 24 directorates are lead by women.
“We require the best leaders, many of whom are women,” said O’Brien. “Our goal is always to find the very best professionals for each job, and I am very proud of the team we have assembled at the NSC to further President Trump’s agenda.”