On the day that it was announced that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had been ousted by President Donald Trump, it was also reported that Trump's longtime personal aide John McEntee had been escorted from the White House after he was sacked Monday over an "unspecified security issue".
McEntee was reportedly escorted out of the White House without being given time to collect his personal belongings, including his jacket, officials told WSJ.
McEntee indicated to colleagues that there was an issue in his background that may have prevented him from gaining full security clearance and led to his dismissal, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
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White House aides were stunned when they learned of McEntee's sudden departure, two sources tell CNN. Others that were part of the group were now-former White House communications director Hope Hicks and social media director Dan Scavino.
On Tuesday morning, Trump's re-election campaign announced that it hired McEntee as senior advisor for campaign operations, as well as former Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson, who will also serve as a senior adviser.
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. He will join the Trump campaign instead. His responsibilities consisted of having markers for Trump to sign autographs, delivering messages to the residence and ensuring the clocks in the White House residence were adjusted for daylight-savings.
"For context, it's about having fun", a former White House staffer said quickly as an explanation. "We need the help of porven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the President's growing portfolio of achievements across the country".