Trump's personal assistant removed from White House job

Trump's Personal Assistant Fired Over Security Issue

Donald Trump's personal assistant has been fired amid an investigation into "serious financial crimes", according to U.S. media reports.

The White House fired President Donald Trump's personal assistant, John McEntee, on Monday, March 12, Wall Street Journal reported, citing two senior administration officials.

"Mr. McEntee wasn't as well known as the others, but had been a constant presence at Mr. Trump's side for the past three years", the newspaper reported. "The White House's ongoing obstruction of congressional oversight appears to be an attempt to hide from the American people pervasive and widespread dysfunction inside the White House, which directly threatens our nation's security".

McEntee's departure is the latest in a series of White House staffers who have left following a change to the security clearance policy.

News of McEntee's firing - which occurred on Monday - broke on Tuesday morning.

But it doesn't appear that McEntee will be gone forever.

Cummings requested by March 27 McEntee's security clearance application, the FBI's investigative report on McEntee and all documents and communications related to discussions about McEntee and his access to sensitive or classified information. And at one point, United States President Donald Trump singled out Jose Altuve - all 5-foot-6 of him - during a rather cringeworthy exchange.

A separate source familiar with the firing told CNN that McEntee was let go because he is under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to comment saying, "We don't comment on personnel issues".

As for McEntee, he has not completely left the Trump orbit because he is headed to work for the Trump 2020 campaign.

Trump's White House has seen a rash of exits recently.

"We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the President's growing portfolio of achievements across the country", Parscale added.

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