President Trump's personal assistant was let go on Monday - escorted from the White House without being allowed to get his coat, according to reports. 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.
But a senior administration official said numerous President's top aides were shocked by the abrupt departure, which the official described as a sudden decision.
Mr McEntee, who served as an aide since early in the campaign, was reportedly escorted by security and was not permitted to collect his belongings. His abrupt firing came out of nowhere and there was no warning, they said. Before McEntee's departure, 43 per cent of the president's executive staff had left in the first 13 1/2 months. He regularly traveled with Trump, and was seen boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House as Trump headed for Pennsylvania on Saturday.
Trump's presidential campaign issued a statement Tuesday morning announcing McEntee will act as a senior advisor for campaign operations.
Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has said in recent weeks that too many staff members were operating on interim security clearances because they could not pass Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks.
He was scheduled to travel to California with Trump on Tuesday, but then he was sacked.
McEntee's departure was overshadowed by the news that Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him. The role meant McEntee was almost constantly at the President's side. "John to promote the President's growing portfolio of achievements across the country".