Donald Trump's Body Man John McEntee Leaves White House; Rejoins Campaign
13 March 2018, 08:45 | Devin Moran
Trump's Personal Assistant Fired Over Security Issue
Even though McEntee is reportedly being under investigation for financial crimes, the Trump presidential campaign announced on Tuesday morning that it would hire him to help with the president's reelection efforts in 2020.
McEntee was sacked and escorted out of the White House Monday, CNN reported, due to difficulties obtaining a permanent security clearance, an issue that has led to the departure of several White House staffers. Despite being more than a year into office, dozens of white house aides are still operating on interim security clearances or, in the case of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, have been stripped of their security clearances after failing to properly complete their background checks. ABC News has also previously reported that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wanted to see a list of remaining White House staffers with security clearance issues.
It's impossible to speculate what kind of potential financial crimes jettisoned McEntee from the White House, but they must be pretty serious if the Department of Homeland Security is running point on the investigation.
The firing came moments after The WashingtonPost broke the news that Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
John McEntee and White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino leave the White House with President Donald Trump Nov. 29, 2017 in Washington.more +.
His duties included ensuring Trump always had a marker on hand to sign autographs, transmitting messages to him at the White House residence and making sure the clocks there were moved forward for daylight-saving time over the weekend, according to the Journal.
An official told WSJ that his firing is "not going to be great for morale". McEntee was one of Trump's longest serving aides who has been serving with Trump since the early days of the campaign.
McEntee was the first Trump official to be ousted from the White House this week. The campaign also brought on Katrina Pierson as a Senior Advisor.
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