JUST IN: President Trump’s longtime aide John McEntee will be leaving to join the Trump 2020 campaign amid major shake ups in Trump’s White House. pic.twitter.com/Cwv0azvamm
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 13, 2018
New details are emerging surrounding the firing of President Donald Trump’s personal assistant, John McEntee, who was reportedly escorted out of the White House on Monday.
The Department of Homeland Security is investigating “serious financial crimes” committed by the longtime Trump aide, a source with knowledge of the departure told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. But he won’t be far from Trump’s side: moments after news broke of McEntee’s firing on Tuesday morning, it was announced he’d be joining the president’s 2020 re-election effort.
New: Trump's personal aide Johnny McEntee was fired because he is currently under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes, a source familiar with his firing tells @kaitlancollins
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) March 13, 2018
Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale praised McEntee in a statement on Tuesday, announcing he would join the 2020 operations as a senior advisor, along with former 2016 campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson.
“We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the President’s growing portfolio of achievements across the country,” Parscale told the Washington Post.
Tuesday was another doozy of reported high-level departures for the Trump White House. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was also removed from the administration, and will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Tillerson’s firing was reported shortly after the secretary said in a conversation with reporters on Monday night that an alleged Kremlin-linked attack on an ex-spy in Britain would “certainly trigger a response.”
News of the ongoing Homeland Security investigation into McEntee’s alleged financial crimes followed initial statements from the White House on Tuesday claiming Trump’s assistant was removed due to an “unspecified security issue.”
Although McEntee has a comfortable new job supporting the president’s agenda, questions of his unusual firing remain. The assistant, an original member of the Trump White House, along with ex-White House Communications Director Hope Hicks and social media director Dan Scavino, was reportedly escorted out of the White House without even having a chance to collect his belongings, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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