WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held the first press briefing since President Donald Trump’s executive orders restricting immigration, travel, and refugees from certain countries sparked protests in Chicago and across the country.
Topics of conversation included new regulatory reforms, the makeup of the National Security Committee, and the recent travel bans.
On the National Security Council, Spicer said the director of the CIA will be added to the council.
Spicer says President Donald Trump has decided to amend his recent memo restructuring the council to add CIA Director Mike Pompeo to the top circle of national security advisers. The restructuring also added White House senior adviser Steve Bannon to the council’s principals committee, which includes the secretaries of state and defense.
Trump’s move also directed the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to attend only when “issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed.”
But Spicer says those individuals will be welcome to attend the meetings. He disputed that the reorganization was a significant change from past administrations.