White House aide John McEntee fired, under investigation

White House aide John McEntee fired, under investigation

President Donald Trump's personal assistant John McEntee was escorted out of White House Monday but it's unclear why.

McEntee joined Trump's campaign in 2015 and remained a strong figure next to the president. He was soon hired to a full-time position.

A source tells CNN's Kaitlan Collins that "McEntee was sacked because he is now under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes", although the source also emphasizes that these potential crimes are "not Trump related".

He made headlines during Trump's May visit to Saudi Arabia as the "man in red tie".

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters declined to discuss the situation with the Journal, saying, "We do not comment on personnel matters".

It's impossible to speculate what kind of potential financial crimes jettisoned McEntee from the White House, but they must be pretty serious if the Department of Homeland Security is running point on the investigation.

Officials escorted McEntee out of the White House on Tuesday and did not allow him to collect his belongings.

John McEntee and John Kelly listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with lawmakers about trade policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Washington.more +. He is someone who has earned the trust of the president and is a top-notch professional, Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary, told Politico in October.

Minutes after news of his departure broke, the Trump campaign announced McEntee would be joining the reelection effort as a senior adviser for campaign operations.

A number of White House staffers have been let go or reassigned as chief of staff John Kelly tightened security measures following staff secretary Rob Porter's resignation amid domestic abuse allegations.

The 2020 reelection campaign team includes newly appointed manager Brad Parscale, who ran the social media wing last time around.