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Trump Orders Cut to National Security Staff After Whistle-Blower

  • White House seeks to make council leaner under new leader
  • Plan emerges after whistle-blower’s report on Ukraine call
Donald Trump on Oct. 4.
Donald Trump on Oct. 4.Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg
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President Donald Trump has ordered a substantial reduction in the staff of the National Security Council, according to five people familiar with the plans, as the White House confronts an impeachment inquiry touched off by a whistle-blower complaint related to the agency’s work.

Some of the people described the staff cuts as part of a White House effort to make its foreign policy arm leaner under new National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien.