Michael Flynn Jr. blasts Bannon's removal from National Security Council
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Michael Flynn Jr., the son of President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is taking aim at the White House's decision to remove Stephen Bannon from the National Security Council (NSC), suggesting on Wednesday that the administration is not serious about "defeating our enemy."

Bannon, the chief White House strategist, was taken off the NSC by national security adviser H.R. McMaster. Trump approved of that decision, an administration official said. 

Flynn Jr. described his father and Bannon as "most loyal" to Trump, noting they are "both out at NSC." 

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The senior Flynn resigned from his top White House post in February amid revelations that he discussed sanctions with Russia's ambassador and misled White House officials, including Vice President Pence, about the nature of those conversations.

The younger Flynn also criticized McMaster for refusing to use the term "radical Islam," a designation Trump himself has eagerly given to Islamist extremists and terrorist groups. The term has typically been avoided by previous presidential administrations, particularly by the Obama and George W. Bush administrations, and is seen by many national security experts as derogatory and inaccurate.

Flynn Jr. has been involved in controversies of his own, notably after appearing to promote "Pizzagate" — a conspiracy theory claiming that associates of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE were running a child sex-trafficking ring out of a Northwest Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant.