Trump strategist Bannon claims NSC stint was a success

Steve Bannon had been a controversial appointment to the National Security Council. Credit: PA

US President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon has claimed he succeeded in his brief stint on the National Security Council as he issued a statement on his removal from the role.

The change came after national security adviser HR McMaster told some national security experts he felt he was in a "battle to the death" with Mr Bannon and others on the White House staff.

But Mr Bannon said in a statement he had redirected the role of the NSC back to coordinating foreign policy rather than running it - a change he blamed on Obama national security adviser, Susan Rice.

"Susan Rice operationalised the NSC during the last administration so I was put on NSC to ensure it was 'de-operationalised.' General McMaster has NSC back to its proper function," he said.