Donald Trump’s personal assistant has been fired amid an investigation into “serious financial crimes”, according to US media reports.
Johnny McEntee, the US president’s long-term personal aide, was escorted from the White House on Monday because he is currently under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for “serious financial crimes”, CNN reported. There is no suggestion the investigation is connected to Mr Trump in any way.
Mr McEntee’s departure, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, was followed with an announcement that he will join Mr Trump’s re-election campaign as a senior adviser.
The personal assistant, a near constant presence by Mr Trump’s side for the last three years, was removed from the White House grounds on Monday afternoon without being allowed to collect his belongings, according to the newspaper.
The 27-year-old had served as Mr Trump’s body guard during the campaign and continued in the role at the White House alongside the President’s longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller, who left in the Autumn.
Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, declined to comment on the move saying, “we don’t comment on personnel issues”.
Mr McEntee is just the latest White House staff member to be removed from their post amid issues with security clearances.
John Kelly, the chief of staff, has moved to impose tighter controls after it emerged that another senior staff member, Rob Porter, had been working with a temporary security pass despite two of his former wives accusing him of domestic violence. Mr Porter has denied the accusations, but the claims had delayed the final approval of his security clearance.
Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s son-in-law, also lost his “top secret” security clearance following the clamp down.
On Tuesday, the Trump re-election campaign announced that Mr McEntee had been appointed alongside Katrina Pierson, a former Trump campaign spokesperson.
“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,” campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.
“We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the President’s growing portfolio of achievements across the country.”