Referring to him as President Donald Trump’s puppet master, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright condemned the placement of Steve Bannon on the National Security Council. “I think he’s the person that’s pulling the strings,” she said Sunday during an appearance on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” alongside Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser to President George W. Bush.
Bannon was elevated by Trump by executive action on Jan. 28 to the NSC at the same time as the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the director of national intelligence were demoted to less-significant roles. Albright, who was secretary of state under President Bill Clinton, said she found Bannon to be a troubling presence in general. “The influence generally of Mr. Bannon is passing strange,” she told Zakaria, noting a reputed fondness on Bannon’s behalf for Vladimir Lenin.