FORMER “DANCING WITH THE STARS’ CONTESTANT, RICK PERRY, ADDED TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been added to a core group within the National Security Council in a shakeup of members announced on Wednesday.

Perry, the secretary of energy, was one of several officials added to the principals committee, the primary group of policy-makers for national security.

Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, was removed from the principals committee.

Perry, who served as Texas governor from 2000 to 2015, was confirmed as energy secretary in March.

The change emerged in a memo made public on the federal register on Wednesday.

Adding Perry to the NSC’s principals committee now brings the cabinet official in charge of the nation’s nuclear stockpile into the fold. The lion’s share of the Energy Department’s budget goes toward the National Nuclear Security Administration, which deals with the military application of nuclear science.

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