Trump personal assistant dismissed, joins '20 campaign

Saul Bowman
March 15, 2018

Until his firing this morning, John McEntee had virtually unlimited access to President Trump.

Just as President Trump was razing the State Department to the ground, another scandal was unfolding: Presidential aide John McEntee was escorted from the White House over security issues and was revealed to be the subject of a federal investigation.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale announced McEntee's hire alongside that of Katrina Pierson, a Trump campaign spokesperson in 2016 who will join the 2020 campaign as a senior adviser.

The former personal assistant was removed due to trouble with his security clearance and is now under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes, CNN reported Tuesday. The president's campaign then announced McEntee will rejoin the campaign as a senior adviser of operations. He was known for keeping a remarkably low profile, and the former Fox News production assistant was well-liked in the West Wing, according to Politico.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment on the reasons for his departure, saying only Mr McEntee was going to the campaign.

The firing of Rex Tillerson and transfer of Mike Pompeo wasn't the only weird thing to happen with Trump administration officials on Tuesday.

White House aides were stunned when they learned of McEntee's sudden departure, two sources tell CNN. Aides said McEntee often tried to keep hangers-on away from Trump when he traveled to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. He rose from a volunteer position to become Trump's "body man", rarely leaving the president's side. Those crimes are reportedly not Trump-related.

McEntee's departure has several of Trump's closest advisers anxious about the effects on the president's mood.

McEntee gained notice for just that talent when he was a quarterback for the University of CT in 2011 and part of the 2012 season. Porter left after it was revealed that allegations of spousal abuse were holding up his permanent security clearance.

Instead, upon the revocation of his security clearance, he was immediately escorted out of the White House.

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