White House aide John McEntee fired, under investigation

John McEntee special assistant and personal aide follows US President Donald Trump to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base

Trump's Personal Assistant Fired Over Security Issue

President Donald Trump's personal assistant, John McEntee, was sacked on Monday, according to administration officials who spoke with the Wall Street Journal. There are few details about his firing, except that it was related to serious financial crimes.

McEntee was escorted off the White House premises and was not given time to get his things, leading him to leave the grounds without his coat, according to the Journal.

But it doesn't appear that McEntee will be gone forever.

President Donald Trump's longtime personal aide John 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 told CNN.

"We do not comment on personnel issues", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CNN in a statement.

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The Wall Street Journal first reported on the firing, citing an unspecified security issue.

Though McEntee traveled alongside Trump, his profile was relatively low compared to other aides with similar tenure, like senior adviser Stephen Miller or the White House's director of social media Dan Scavino. He was a near-constant presence in the West Wing, and was one of a select group of staffers who were often summoned by the President to the White House residence. The news came as a surprise to many, including Tillerson who was reportedly not even given a reason for his exit.

"I bought into the message", McEntee, a California native, told Bloomberg at the time of his decision to join Trump.

The Trump campaign released a statement soon after McEntee's firing from the White House announcing that McEntee will join its ranks, serving as a "senior advisor for campaign operations".

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly implemented "a stricter security-clearance policy" when he took over the role.

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