Trump's Personal Assistant Fired, Escorted Out Of White House

Trump's Personal Assistant Fired Over Security Issue

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.

Minutes after news of his departure broke, the Trump campaign announced McEntee would be joining the reelection effort as a senior adviser for campaign operations.

"I bought into the message", McEntee, a California native, told Bloomberg at the time of his decision to join Trump. A star high school quarterback, he worked at Fox News as part of their social media team before quitting to volunteer with the Trump campaign. McEntee told fellow Trump aides that he had resigned.

Trump fired his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, on Tuesday, and his top economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned last week. He also had issues with his security clearance. Now, only social media director Mr Scavino remains.

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Johnny McEntee was sacked because he is now under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes, a source familiar with his firing tells CNN.

The White House declined to comment on the Journal's questions about the firing. McEntee's role was described as "body man", always staying by Trump's side. Shortly after his announced firing, he was hired by the Trump campaign - which is becoming a landing place for numerous former Trump hands who are unwilling or unable to work in the White House.

His exit follows another original Trump campaign aide. Hope Hicks, the director of communications, has announced she is leaving in the coming days. "We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the President's growing portfolio of achievements across the country".

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