Whereas State Secretary Rex Tillerson’s ousting has been probably the most dominating replace within the saga that’s the Trump White Home’s excessive turnover charge, the president’s private assistant was additionally abruptly fired this week. In keeping with the Wall Road Journal, John McEntee — one in all Trump’s longest-serving aides together with Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, Dan Scavino, and the not too long ago resigned Hope Hicks — “was escorted out of the White Home on Monday.” Per a number of administration officers with information of the matter, McEntee’s sudden firing was attributable to an “unspecified safety subject.”
When requested to touch upon the firing, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders instructed the WSJ, “We don’t touch upon personnel points.” Nor did McEntee himself return the paper’s request for remark. Even so, as one official defined it, “It’s not going to be nice for morale”:
Mr. McEntee was faraway from the White Home grounds on Monday afternoon with out being allowed to gather his belongings, a White Home official mentioned. He left with out his jacket, a second White Home official mentioned.
It wasn’t clear precisely why Mr. McEntee was fired Monday. He indicated to colleagues that it was a problem in his background.
Whether or not McEntee’s firing has something to do with the White Home’s renewed push for higher safety clearances for staffers for the reason that Rob Porter scandal broke stays to be seen. Per the WSJ, nonetheless, that the removing of Trump’s longtime private assistant is reportedly attributable to an “unspecified safety subject” suggests McEntee’s ousting simply may be one other consequence of that ongoing affair.
UPDATE — 10:45 am ET: In keeping with the Washington Submit, after information of his firing broke “[t]he president’s marketing campaign then introduced McEntee will rejoin the marketing campaign as a senior adviser of operations.” What’s extra, the announcement mentioned former Trump surrogate Katrina Pierson will even being becoming a member of the 2020 reelection marketing campaign as an adviser. “We’d like the assistance of confirmed leaders resembling Katrina and John to advertise the President’s rising portfolio of achievements throughout the nation,” mentioned Brad Parscale, the marketing campaign’s recently-appointed supervisor.
(Through Wall Road Journal)
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