Trump's personal aide fired because of 'serious financial crimes' investigation

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2018

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump fired longtime personal aide John McEntee, who had been with Trump since the early stages of his 2016 campaign. ABC News has also previously reported that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wanted to see a list of remaining White House staffers with security clearance issues.

The charges are not related to the President, the source said.

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.

McEntee was reportedly escorted out of the White House without being given time to collect his personal belongings, including his jacket, officials told WSJ. Mr. McEntee didn't return a call seeking comment.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters declined to discuss the situation with the Journal, saying, "We do not comment on personnel matters". 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.

Trump's campaign hired him soon after he was sacked from his White House job.

John McEntee was canned over issues with his security clearance and because he's now under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes, sources told CNN. The role meant McEntee was almost constantly at the President's side. Despite being more than a year into office, dozens of white house aides are still operating on interim security clearances or, in the case of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, have been stripped of their security clearances after failing to properly complete their background checks. "We need the help of porven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the President's growing portfolio of achievements across the country".

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