Bannon: Trump’s strategy is ‘let the warfighters fight the war’

Bannon: Trump’s strategy is ‘let the warfighters fight the war’
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White House chief strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonThe danger in firing Rod Rosenstein CNN: White House circulating plan to undermine Rosenstein Mike Myers revives 'Dr. Evil' to poke fun at Trump's Cabinet MORE cast President TrumpDonald John TrumpIG investigating Comey memos over classified information: report Overnight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on nominations, defense bill | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Top Pruitt aid requested backdate to resignation letter: report MORE's defense policy as one that puts military power into the hands of the "warfighters."

"The President believes the best thing to do is to let the warfighters fight the war," Bannon told CNN.

But the chief strategist also said that Trump has ultimately held onto his ability to oversee "anything important on the warfighting side," according to CNN, adding that he has remained deeply involved in developing military strategy.

"He hasn't given up any of the strategic decisions," Bannon said.


Trump has increasingly empowered the Pentagon and military leaders to make tactical military decisions, breaking from the precedent of White House oversight carried out by both Republican and Democratic administrations in the past, CNN reported.

The move, administration officials say, is designed to reverse Obama administration – and, to a lesser extent, George W. Bush administration – practices that weigh down military campaigns and hamper commanders' abilities to make tactical decisions.

But that transfer of power from the White House to the Pentagon has also raised questions about whether Trump will be held to the same level of accountability as the military officials he has empowered.

"It's really important for the President to take responsibility for outcome and have a conversation with the American people that prepares people for both what we're trying to do and the sacrifices that will be required to do it," Kori Schake, George W. Bush's former National Security Council director for defense strategy, told CNN.