Longtime Trump aide fired over security clearance issue


While it's unclear why McEntee was sacked, the Journal reported that there may have been something in McEntee's background check.

Mr McEntee's firing - which reportedly concluded with his being escorted from White House grounds - will likely renew scrutiny of the administration's background check process that first began after the termination of Rob Porter, another close Trump aide, because of his own clearance issues.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to comment saying, "We don't comment on personnel issues". He regularly traveled with Trump, and was seen boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House as Trump headed for Pennsylvania on Saturday.

"I bought into the message", McEntee, a California native, told Bloomberg at the time of his decision to join Trump.

McEntee served as Trump's body man during the campaign and into the White House alongside the President's longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller, who left the White House last fall. While he was by no means a superstar on the field - McEntee led the Huskies to a 5-7 record with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2011- he did find viral fame thanks to a trick shot compilation video posted to YouTube.

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If there was any issue with McEntee inside the White House, Trump's campaign hasn't acknowledged it.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news of his exit.

McEntee was sacked and escorted out of the White House Monday, CNN reported, due to difficulties obtaining a permanent security clearance, an issue that has led to the departure of several White House staffers.

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