Another firing has occurred from the White House this week, as the Wall Street Journal reported that President Trump’s personal assistant, John McEntee, was removed from the White House so fast Monday, he didn’t even have time to collect his jacket or personal belongings.
McEntee, 27, first joined the Trump campaign in 2015, and served as a personal aid to President Trump. “He made sure Mr. Trump had markers to sign autographs, delivered messages to him in the White House residence and, over the weekend, ensured that the clocks in the White House residence were adjusted for daylight-saving time,” the WSJ reported.
People close to Mr. McEntee said problems related to online gambling and mishandling of his taxes prevented him from gaining the clearance necessary for the role. The Secret Service is investigating Mr. McEntee for those issues, according to a law enforcement official.
The WSJ noted that several White House aids have lost their jobs over the last month, after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly implemented a stricter policies on security clearances, due to accusations made against former staff secretary Rob Porter.
Mr. Kelly told reporters earlier this month that when he joined the White House as chief of staff this summer, he realized a large number of staffers still held interim clearances after more than seven months in the administration.
His review turned up “a couple spreadsheets worth of people” at the White House operating with interim security clearance after the first nine months of the Trump administration. He also found at least 35 officials who were inappropriately given top secret clearance.
Another long-time Trump aide is out: John McEntee, an original Trumper among w Hope Hicks and Dan Scavino, was escorted out of the White House on Monday https://t.co/haIhsITOxp
— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) March 13, 2018