Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

White House Fires Trump's Personal Assistant

White House Fires Trump's Personal Assistant

John McEntee, the former UConn quarterback known for a video compilation of elaborate trick shots that has been viewed more than 7 million times on YouTube, has lost his White House job as President Donald Trump's body man, according to multiple reports.

McEntee managed to keep a low profile in a campaign and White House often embroiled in controversy.

The new security clearance rules imposed by Kelly have also meant a change for another close Trump adviser: Jared Kushner. The alleged crimes are said to not be related to Trump.

The Journal reported that McEntee was a constant presence by Trump's side, making sure he had markers to sign autographs, delivering messages and even ensuring the White House clocks were adjusted to daylight-saving time. Keith Schiller, the president's longtime director of security, left the White House in September.

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K.T. McFarland - April 9, 2017: The deputy national security advisor left her post after reportedly being asked to do so and subsequently became the US ambassador to Singapore.

McEntee worked with Trump from the earliest days of his presidential bid, joining the Trump team in 2015. And who else will turn out to have significant security issues in their background which might or should have disqualified them for access to a president? He'll land on his feet.

A separate source familiar with the firing told CNN that McEntee was let go because he is under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes. Trump is living through a special-counsel nightmare at least in part because of "senior advisers" like Roger Stone and Carter Page, among others, in the 2016 cycle. And it highlights the extent to which the re-election campaign has already become a landing pad for former Trump associates who have left the White House but remain loyal to the President.

I doubt this was the security issue, but perhaps the White House isn't exactly the best environment for practical jokes involving forgery.

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