President Trump has removed Stephen K. Bannon, one of his top confidants, from his position on the National Security Council. The New York Times reported April 5 that Bannon’s departure was triggered by a clash with retired Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser. Bannon, an investment banker, is a founding member of the conservative Breitbart news service. His appointment to the NSC drew criticism across party lines, because of his lack of hands-on experience. He becomes the second NSC member to quit his post in the early days of the Trump presidency. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned in February, after reports surfaced that he had been less than forthcoming about meetings he had with Russian diplomatic officials.