A longtime aide to President Donald Trump made his exit from the White House after his security clearance was denied due to past financial issues.
John McEntee was escorted from the grounds Monday without being permitted to retrieve his belongings or even his coat, according to White House officials.
People close to Mr. McEntee said problems related to online gambling and mishandling of his taxes prevented him from gaining the clearance necessary for the role. The Secret Service is investigating Mr. McEntee for those issues, according to a law enforcement official.
Having lost his position within the Trump administration, McEntee reportedly will join the 2020 Trump presidential campaign as a senior adviser for campaign operations.
Mr. McEntee, 27 years old, was one of the longest-serving aides to Mr. Trump, dating back to the earliest days of the campaign when some of the only aides around the then-candidate included 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.
Several staff members also have been relieved of duty since White House Chief of Staff John Kelly began cracking down on interim security clearances.
His review turned up “a couple spreadsheets worth of people” at the White House operating with interim security clearance after the first nine months of the Trump administration. He also found at least 35 officials who were inappropriately given top secret clearance.