President Donald Trump has appointed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to join the National Security Council. Perry, who served as the governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015, was confirmed as the Secretary of Energy in March. The announcement comes the same day as the news about chief strategist Steve Bannon’s removal from the council.
As reported by the Austin Statesman, the addition of Perry and removal of Bannon was part of a larger shakeup within the council, the details of which were released in a memorandum that was made public by the Federal Register. The details of the changes were published in a tweet from NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, as outlined below:
The Trump administration has changed the makeup of the National Security Council Principals Committee. Here are the differences. pic.twitter.com/52aAlqmNOO
— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) April 5, 2017
Perry’s addition to the principals committee was one of several changes within the group of policy-makers charged with handling issues regarding national security. Others joining the council include chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corp General Joseph Dunford, United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, CIA director Mike Pompeo, and national intelligence director, Dan Coats.
As reported by ABC News, Bannon, a former executive at Breitbart News, expressed no objections to being removed from the council. A source familiar with the situation continued by stating, [Bannon] was there to babysit now-former national security adviser Michael Flynn, to watch him as he deoperationalized the NSC from Obama-era national security adviser Susan Rice,” continuing with, “Mission done.”
Flynn resigned from his position in February after admitting to misleading the Trump administration regarding the nature of phone calls with the Russian ambassador prior to Trump’s inauguration.
Aside from his roles in government, Perry is also known for being a contestant on season 23 of the popular reality television show “Dancing With the Stars.” The episodes featuring Perry began airing in September 2016, with Perry being the second contestant eliminated from the competition that season.