Trump's Longtime Personal Assistant Fired for 'Unspecified Security Issue': Report

| MAR 13, 2018 | 2:02 PM

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John McEntee, a personal assistant to Donald Trump since the early stages of the presidential campaign, was reportedly escorted from the White House on Monday.

A White House official with knowledge of the situation told The Wall Street Journal that McEntee's exit was the result of an “unspecified security issue.” According to the report, McEntee was escorted from the grounds without being allowed to gather his belongings.

The White House declined to comment, telling The Wall Street Journal, “We don't comment on personnel issues.”

Two sources told CNN that McEntee's firing was related to a security clearance issue.

Despite his abrupt exit from the White House, McEntee was hired by the Trump campaign on Tuesday. A statement from the Trump campaign says McEntee will rejoin the campaign as a senior adviser for campaign operations.

“As we build out our operations for the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 re-election campaign, we are pleased to welcome back two outstanding members of our 2016 team," campaign manager Brad Parscale said. "We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina [Pierson] and John to promote the president's growing portfolio of achievements across the country.”

“Katrina and John will play pivotal roles on our campaign once again as we develop a winning strategy through 2020 to Keep America Great,” Trump campaign Chief Operating Officer Michael Glassner said. “They will also contribute tremendously to our national engagement in the midterm elections this year. We're delighted to have them back on the team.”