Donald Trump fires personal assistant Johnny McEntee amid 'financial crimes' investigation

Frederick Owens
March 14, 2018

President Donald Trump's longtime personal aide John McEntee has been fired and is now under investigation by Homeland Security for financial crimes, according to reports.

"This recent report about President Trump's personal assistant is just the latest indication that the process for vetting White House employees for security issue is seriously flawed", he wrote.

News of McEntee's firing - which occurred on Monday - broke on Tuesday morning.

While he was sacked on Monday from his job in the White House, McEntee is staying in politics even as he's reportedly being investigated for crimes. According to them, McEntee is being investigated for "serious financial crimes", reported Fortune.

The President's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, left recently amid internal debate over Mr Trump's plans for tariffs.

The campaign's decision underscores Trump's tolerance for - and often encouragement of - duelling centres of power around him. The White House did not comment on the firing.

His swift departure comes amid a series of security clearance issues in the White House.

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

"I bought into the message", McEntee, a California native, told Bloomberg at the time of his decision to join Trump. Trump announced Tuesday that he had ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment on the reasons for his departure, saying only Mr McEntee was going to the campaign.

McEntee, though, will continue to work for Trump. His staff secretary, Rob Porter, resigned February 7 after reports that two ex-wives had accused him of domestic violence.

Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner's interim clearance was downgraded during the fallout.

McEntee, 27, who was well liked in the West Wing, occupied a key role, never far from Trump in the White House or on the road.

John McEntee had served as Trump's personal assistant for three years, dating back to the early days of the 2016 presidential election, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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