Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump's personal aide fired because of 'serious financial crimes' investigation

Trump's personal aide fired because of 'serious financial crimes' investigation

McEntee was one of Trump's longest serving aides who has been serving with Trump since the early days of the campaign. CNN added more specifically that McEntee is "currently under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes".

White House personal aide to the President John McEntee (L) and White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino leave the White House with U.S. President Donald Trump November 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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

The White House declined to comment on the Journal's questions about the firing.

The 27-year-old former University of CT quarterback is more widely known for a viral YouTube trick throw video than his work with Trump.

"With Keith's departure, Johnny is clearly playing a larger role".

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

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. White House chief of staff John Kelly has come under fire for his handling of clearances as dozens of staffers had yet to be approved for permanent clearance as of February.

The new security clearance rules imposed by Kelly have also meant a change for another close Trump adviser: Jared Kushner.

Trump's presidential campaign issued a statement Tuesday morning announcing McEntee will act as a senior advisor for campaign operations.

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

Also announced Tuesday, former spokeswoman Katrina Pierson was hired by the campaign as a senior adviser.

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