When Rex Tillerson got fired from his post as Secretary of State (due in large part to not wanting President Donald Trump to talk to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un), there were a lot of White House loyalists who were left dumbfounded. While that story continues to remain quite newsworthy, the fact that “President Donald Trump’s personal assistant, John McEntee, was escorted out of the White House on Monday” according to a pair of officials is being somewhat overlooked, as the Wall Street Journal shows today.
When it is called to mind that Tillerson was just recently celebrating that he had made it a year with Mr. Trump and his higher than average turnover rate, this case seems more alarming. Instead of being about a disagreement on world issues or the D.P.R.K., this firing was due to “an unspecified security issue,” according to a third unnamed source quoted by the Journal.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was even tight-lipped about the mishap. “We don’t comment on personnel issues,” she said. Adding to the mystery, McEntee has taken no calls and issued no statement on his sacking.
It is also observed that the assistant was by Mr. Trump’s side way back when virtually everyone was ready to laugh at the idea of his victory when the campaign began. Only “Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser; Stephen Miller, the president’s policy director; White House communications director Hope Hicks, who announced her resignation two weeks ago; and Dan Scavino, who is the White House director of social media,” were said to be with the former “Apprentice” host back then.
Such loyalty is something not easily forsaken, so it must have been a rather significant error that led to his dismissal.
It was McEntee who made sure that markers were present when Donald Trump needed to sign his autograph. He also “delivered messages to him in the White House residence” and even made sure that clocks were adjusted in the White House as daylight savings time changed. To think that someone so close to America’s leader was found to have lapsed in the area of security (it seems) is very alarming.
“It’s not going to be great for morale,” said one of the unnamed sources. It would seem from that statement that McEntee was well-liked.
Something drastic must have taken place because the assistant was not allowed to retrieve his belongings nor even his jacket as he was escorted from the White House grounds. Some people close to the firing said that it was something pertaining to the man’s background which caused his sacking, but that remains unconfirmed at this time.
Now that “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly imposed a stricter security-clearance policy,” a lot of other heads may be rolling, too. Already, staff secretary Rob Porter was shown the door (he chose to quit, technically) over hints of domestic violence, and he denied that he was even guilty!
With that in mind, perhaps McEntee once stole some nickel bubble gum from a store back when he was three.
However, Kelly was entrusted to do the job by Mr. Trump himself, so no one should be too hard on him for executing his role as he sees fit. Let’s just hope that anyone is still in the White House once he is done cleaning it.