White House says President Trump is being ''transparent'' about chief strategist Steve Bannon being part of the NSC, adding that former President Obama's political adviser David Axelrod attended those meetings. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Donald Trump has been criticized for adding chief strategist Steve Bannon to the National Security Council as part of the reorganization. White House spokesman Sean Spicer defended Trump's move, saying the president was being "transparent." He also said political adviser to former President Barack Obama, David Axelrod, had attended NSC meetings. On CBS' "Face the Nation," Republican Senator John McCain said he was "worried" about the addition of Bannon to the NSC, saying this was "a radical departure from any national security council in history."