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Trump's longtime personal assistant fired over security issues

Trump's longtime personal assistant fired over security issues

President Donald Trump's longtime personal aide, John McEntee, was sacked and escorted from the White House on Tuesday after it was revealed that he was under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes - but he was then immediately hired by the Trump re-election campaign.

Naturally, the White House press shop declined to specify the reason for McEntee's ouster, with Sarah Sanders hilariously telling the WSJ that they "don't comment on personnel issues".

Two sources said McEntee was pushed out because of issues with his security clearance, making him just the latest aide to be forced out because of difficulties obtaining a full security clearance. Porter had been working on a temporary security clearance, as his background check revealed he had been accused of domestic abuse by two former wives. Kelly said last summer that "he realized a large number of staffers still held interim clearances after more than seven months in the administration".

Other reports indicate an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security "for serious financial crimes" that "are not related to the President" led to McEntee's firing. He nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take over the role.

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McEntee was seen in the White House as part of the team of Trump loyalists who had been with Trump since the beginning.

His duties included ensuring Trump always had a marker on hand to sign autographs, transmitting messages to him at the White House residence and making sure the clocks there were moved forward for daylight-saving time over the weekend, according to the Journal.

McEntee was one of Trump's longest-serving aides for the past three years, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first broke the news. He will join the Trump campaign instead.

"We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the President's growing portfolio of achievements across the country", campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.