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Trump fires White House assistant John McEntee  - who promptly rejoins his campaign

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 March, 2018, 12:20am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 March, 2018, 5:52am

US President Donald Trump has fired his White House personal assistant John McEntee, who had been with the president since early in his campaign, an administration official confirmed on Tuesday.

The president’s campaign then announced McEntee will rejoin the campaign as a senior adviser of operations.

McEntee is the latest in a series of departures by West Wing officials, including Communications Director Hope Hicks, Staff Secretary Rob Porter and - also on Tuesday - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

It was not clear why McEntee was let go, although The Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the firing, cited an unspecified security issue.

Trump has had a record rate of turnover in his senior staff. Before McEntee’s departure, 43 per cent of the president’s executive staff had left in the first 13-and-a-half months.

McEntee’s departure was overshadowed by the news that Trump had fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him.

Gina Haspel - the deputy director at the CIA - will succeed Pompeo at the CIA, becoming the first woman to run the spy agency, if confirmed.

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Also on Tuesday, the Trump campaign announced that Katrina Pierson, who served as the campaign’s 2016 national spokeswoman, will rejoin the effort as a senior adviser.

“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.