White House aide John McEntee fired, under investigation

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

He was escorted off the White House grounds before he was allowed to collect his belongings, even leaving without his jacket, the Journal reported.

John McEntee served as the president's personal assistant.

Just minutes after the report, the Trump re-election campaign announced that McEntee would re-join as a senior advisor for campaign operations.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters declined to discuss the situation with the Journal, saying, "We do not comment on personnel matters".

McEntee, though, will continue to work for Trump. Mr. McEntee didn't return a call seeking comment.

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's role was described as "body man", always staying by Trump's side.

Aide John McEntee, whose slight public profile belies his relatively long service with Trump going back to the early days of the original campaign, told colleagues that he had had trouble gaining necessary security clearances, according to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the news.

Kelly sought to limit access to classified information for aides with longstanding interim security clearances and several aides have since left the White House after it became clear their applications for a full security clearances would not be approved.

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