Trump’s assistant out abruptly at White House, heads to campaign



President Donald Trump’s longtime personal aide John McEntee has been fired and is under investigation by the Secret Service for serious financial crimes, according to two federal law enforcement officials.
McEntee’s security clearance had been “in limbo for some time,” one of the officials added.
His firing marks yet another departure in an executive office marked by a revolving door of hirings and firings and plagued by issues obtaining security clearances.
McEntee will take a job with Trump’s re-election campaign, the campaign said Tuesday morning. The campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the Secret Service investigation.
The Secret Service investigates a range of crimes, including credit card fraud, counterfeiting, financially oriented cybercrimes and child pornography, as well as threats.
McEntee was by Trump’s side during the 2016 campaign and during the president’s first year at the White House, but struggled to get the necessary security clearances for this role. As of November, McEntee was one of the more than 130 White House staffers working with interim security clearances.
He was one of the president’s longest lasting aides and present for some of Trump’s biggest moments this year, including last week’s surprise announcement of forthcoming talks with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.
“We’re not going toon a personnel issue,” a senior White House official told World News about McEntee’s firing on Tuesday. CNN first reported that McEntee was being investigated for serious financial crimes.