||It has been suggested that this article be merged with Counselor to the President and Senior Advisor to the President of the United States to Assistant to the President. (Discuss) Proposed since January 2017.|
|White House Chief Strategist|
|Executive Office of the President
White House Office
|Reports to||The President|
|First holder||Steve Bannon|
|Website||The White House|
The White House Chief Strategist is one of the President's closest advisors working to execute the administration's long-term agenda and providing counsel to the President on all critical matters. The new position was created in December 2016 by then President-elect Donald Trump. At that time, Trump appointed Steve Bannon, his former campaign CEO, to fill the newly created position. As a staff member in the Executive Office of the President, the position does not require Senate confirmation.
As currently conceived, the Chief Strategist has nearly equivalent authority to that of the Chief of Staff, an arrangement "aimed at ensuring that both (the Chief of Staff and Chief Strategist) would be required to sign off on many decisions jointly."
On January 28, 2017, the White House Chief Strategist was added to the permanent members of the United States National Security Council Principals Committee by a presidential memorandum signed by President Trump. On April 5, 2017, President Trump removed the Chief Strategist from the United States National Security Council.