President Donald Trump’s personal assistant, John McEntee, was escorted out of the White House on Monday, according to two administration officials. The cause of the firing was an unspecified “security issue.
Mr. McEntee was one of the longest-serving aides to Mr. Trump, dating back to the earliest days of the campaign. Mr. McEntee had been a presence at Mr. Trump’s side for the past three years. He was responsible for making sure that Trump had markers to sign autographs, delivered messages to him in the White House residence and, over the weekend, ensured that the clocks in the White House residence were adjusted for daylight-saving time.
“It’s not going to be great for morale,” one White House official said about Mr. McEntee’s departure. Mr. McEntee was removed from the White House grounds on Monday afternoon without being allowed to collect his belongings, a White House official said. He left without his jacket, a second White House official said.
It wasn’t clear exactly why Mr. McEntee was fired on Monday. He indicated to colleagues that it was an issue in his background.