Susan Rice on Trump National Security Order: ‘This Is Stone Cold Crazy’

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Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice blasted President Donald Trump on Sunday for his order making changes to the National Security Council.

The President signed on Saturday a trifecta of executive orders, one of which adds White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon to the National Security Council and removes the Director of National Intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stating that they “shall attend where issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed.”

In effect, Trump — and probably more correctly, Bannon — is trying to keep the nation’s intelligence officials out of the loop on military, intelligence, and national security policy decisions, a move that is becoming increasingly criticized as news of it is spreading.

“This is stone cold crazy. After a week of crazy,” Rice, the former Obama administration official tweeted. “Who needs military advice or intell to make policy on ISIL, Syria, Afghanistan, DPRK?”

The NSC memo made bizarre statements about the state of the security threats facing the nation and the manner in which the Trump administration was dealing with them, stating “security threats facing the United States in the 21st century transcend international boundaries.”

“Accordingly, the United States Government’s decision-making structures and processes to address these challenges must remain equally adaptive and transformative,” the memo read.

Appearing on ABC’s ‘This Week,’ White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded in the same way that the Trump administration responds to any criticism by calling the comments inappropriate saying that Rice’s comments were “clearly inappropriate language from a former ambassador.”

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