Trump's Personal Assistant Fired Over Security Issue

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

Both the New York Times and Journal could not say why McEntee's security clearance had been revoked.

President Donald Trump's longtime personal assistant, John McEntee, was sacked from his White House position while reportedly under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for financial crimes, CNN and the Wall Street Journal reported. In particular, WSJ indicated there was an issue with his security clearance.

He discovered "at least 35 officials" who "inappropriately" received top secret clearance. CNN added more specifically that McEntee is "currently under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes". He will begin in his new position in the next few days. McEntee was subsequently hired as a senior advisor on Trump's reelection campaign. He nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take over the role.

McEntee is the latest in a series of departures by West Wing officials, including communications director Hope Hicks and staff secretary Rob Porter. He was one of the president's longest serving aides and the entire family loves him.

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White House personal aide to the President John McEntee (L) and White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino leave the White House with U.S. President Donald Trump November 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.

McEntee formerly worked as a production assistant at Fox News, according to financial disclosure records. He will join the Trump campaign instead.

McEntee served as Trump's body man during the campaign and into the White House alongside the President's longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller, who left the White House last fall.

"We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the President's growing portfolio of achievements across the country", campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.

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