Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL and founder of the George Washington Leadership Foundation, defended President Trump’s executive order which placed Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon on the National Security Council.
Higbie pushed back on attacks over the move: “Steve Bannon was a naval officer. He was on a submarine, which means he required a security clearance. This is a guy who has been successful at everything he’s done, including in the military. Why is it such a bad thing to put him on the National Security [Council]?”
Faced with the argument that Bannon’s service as a political operative disqualified him from the NSC, Higbie argued that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the current National Security Advisor, contended for Trump’s vice presidential pick.
Higbie also rejected the idea that Trump was somehow unaware of the executive order he was signing. Instead, “the fact that there’s so much outrage” over the order surprised Trump, according to Higbie.
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