Albright: Bannon is pulling the strings in Trump administration

Albright: Bannon is pulling the strings in Trump administration
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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said in an interview Sunday that she thinks White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is "pulling the strings" in President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE’s administration.

“I think that it is a very unfortunate image, because clearly, Mr. Bannon is more than a strategic adviser. I think he's the person that's pulling the strings,” Albright told CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” pointing to Bannon’s place on the National Security Council’s “principals committee.”

Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 28 that restructured the National Security Council and added Bannon.

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Albright, who served as the head of the State Department under President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress 20 years after Columbine: What has changed? Impeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent MORE and supported Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIt is wrong to say 'no collusion' 10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era And the winner of the Robert Mueller Sweepstakes is — Vladimir Putin MORE in the 2016 presidential election, said Bannon’s influence is “passing strange.”

“And I think that the influence generally of Mr. Bannon is passing strange, if I may say so, given his background and his approach to national security policy, his admiration for Lenin, a number of things that trouble me a great deal about having him be in these all-important national security meetings,” she said.

Bannon previously served as the head of Breitbart News before joining Trump's presidential campaign as its chief executive last August.