The WSJ reported that he was sacked over unspecified security issues.
McEntee previously served as an aide to Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign, and the Trump campaign announced Tuesday that he will rejoin the organization as a senior adviser for campaign operations. A since-fired State Department employee said this morning that Tillerson found out he was sacked when he saw Trump's tweet.
Not long after his reported ousting, Trump's reelection campaign manager, Brad Parscale, announced that McEntee had been hired to join the president's 2020 team. He also had issues with his security clearance.
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Trump's campaign hired him soon after he was sacked from his White House job. McEntee couldn't be reached for comment.
Johnny McEntee was sacked because he is now under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes, a source familiar with his firing tells CNN. The role meant McEntee was almost constantly at the President's side.
News of McEntee's firing - which occurred on Monday - broke on Tuesday morning.
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"The man made famous for telling people 'You're fired!' doesn't seem to be able to say to it people's faces", the CNN anchor snarked, obviously referencing Trump's previous job as host of The Apprentice.
"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 Journal reported. When Trump told stories about his campaign "originals", the aides who have been with him from the start, Melania would remind him to include McEntee. "We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the President's growing portfolio of achievements across the country".
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