Trump personal aide fired, escorted out without coat

John McEntee special assistant and personal aide follows US President Donald Trump to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the firing, citing an unspecified security issue. He was escorted off the White House grounds before he was allowed to collect his belongings, even leaving without his jacket, the Journal reported. He indicated to his colleagues it may have been about his background check.

Though McEntee traveled alongside Trump, his profile was relatively low compared to other aides with similar tenure, like senior adviser Stephen Miller or the White House's director of social media Dan Scavino. Kelly said last summer that "he realized a large number of staffers still held interim clearances after more than seven months in the administration".

McEntee is under investigation for "serious financial crimes", according to CNN. He nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take over the role. Trump's top economic adviser Gary Cohn left recently amid internal debate over Trump's plans for tariffs.

President Donald Trump with supporters at a rally. 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.

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John McEntee walks to Marine One to accompany President Trump from the White House in Washington, DC for a trip to Mar-a-Lago, Fla., Feb. 16, 2018.

They won't be completely without him. McEntee joined the president's small team three years ago during the earliest days of the campaign.

"We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the President's growing portfolio of achievements across the country, " campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.

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