Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Longtime Trump aide fired over security clearance issue

Longtime Trump aide fired over security clearance issue

On the day that it was announced that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had been ousted by President Donald Trump, it was also reported that Trump's longtime personal aide John McEntee had been escorted from the White House after he was sacked Monday over an "unspecified security issue". The charges are not related to the President, the source said. The White House did not comment on the firing.

McEntee was sacked and escorted out of the White House Monday, CNN reported, due to difficulties obtaining a permanent security clearance, an issue that has led to the departure of several White House staffers. According to a press release from the Trump campaign, McEntee will re-join the Trump campaign as a senior adviser.

The 27-year-old McEntee was subsequently hired by Trump's campaign as a senior adviser for campaign operations.

It wasn't clear exactly why Mr. McEntee was sacked Monday.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment, saying, "We don't comment on personnel issues".

White House aides were stunned when they learned of McEntee's sudden departure, two sources tell CNN.

Concerns over White House staffers' security clearances have punctuated much of the West Wing news over the past several weeks.

McEntee joined Trump's campaign in 2015 and remained a strong figure next to the president. McEntee's role was described as "body man", always staying by Trump's side. The news came as a surprise to many, including Tillerson who was reportedly not even given a reason for his exit.

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

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.

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