Trump fires White House assistant, who promptly rejoins Trump's campaign

Sergio Conner
March 13, 2018

McEntee was escorted out of the White House on Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal, as part of a "unspecified security issue".

McEntee was escorted from the White House on Monday.

John McEntee, the former UConn quarterback whose trick shot video became a viral sensation in 2011, was sacked from his job as personal assistant to President Donald Trump on Monday, according to multiple reports. Kelly said last summer that "he realized a large number of staffers still held interim clearances after more than seven months in the administration". It also comes after communications director Hope Hicks and economic advisor Gary Cohn left their posts.

A source quoted by CNN said McEntee was sacked because he is now under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes.

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As ABC News reported a week ago, there is a list of several other people with security clearance issues who are under consideration for possible termination or reassignment in the coming days.

While these baleful-sounding troubles might be sufficient to disqualify the 27-year-old McEntee from public service, they also immediately netted him a new job in a organization where a history of alleged financial malfeasance is practically a prerequisite: the Donald Trump presidential reelection bid.

It was not clear why a clearances issue would have warranted the abrupt removal of McEntee from the White House grounds. McEntee had been President Donald Trump's personal aide, and now joins a long and distinguished list of almost 40 people that have resigned or been fired from the administration.

"As we build out our operations for the 2018 mid-term elections and the 2020 reelection campaign, we are pleased to welcome back two outstanding members of our 2016 team", campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.

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