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John McEntee: About Me
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JOHN MCENTEE

Director, White House Presidental Personnel Office
2019-2021

TRUMP’S PERSONAL ASSISTANT FIRED OVER SECURITY ISSUE

March 13, 2018

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.

TRUMP PLACES LOYALISTS IN KEY JOBS INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE WHILE RAGING AGAINST ENEMIES OUTSIDE

Johnny McEntee, the “body man” who trailed Mr. Trump as a candidate and in the White House, will be elevated to oversee the Presidential Personnel Office, according to four people briefed on the move. Mr. McEntee, who was forced from his job in 2018 over gambling debts that threatened his security clearance, recently returned to his old role as a personal aide to Mr. Trump.

February 13, 2020

PRESIDENT'S NEW PERSONNEL HEAD TELLS AGENCIES TO LOOK OUT FOR DISLOYAL STAFFERS

February 21, 2020

A White House official said John McEntee, the President's former body man who was elevated to run the presidential personnel office, made it clear his office will be on the lookout for staffers across the bureaucracy who are seen as disloyal to Trump.

Another official said McEntee indicated he plans to first focus his efforts on personnel at the State Department and Department of Defense. He also told the liaisons that promotions and significant staff changes should not occur without prior approval from the presidential personnel office.

SCOOP: NEW WHITE HOUSE PERSONNEL CHIEF TELLS CABINET LIAISONS TO TARGET NEVER TRUMPERS

Trump has empowered McEntee — whom he considers an absolute loyalist — to purge the “bad people” and “Deep State.”

McEntee told staff that those identified as anti-Trump will no longer get promotions by shifting them around agencies.

February 21, 2020

A NEW SENIOR LEADER AT THE WHITE HOUSE PERSONNEL OFFICE: A COLLEGE SENIOR

February 25, 2020

McEntee, 29, held a meeting in a conference room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building last Thursday with White House liaisons of Cabinet departments where he asked officials to find Trump appointees who may be anti-Trump, according to an administration official familiar with the meeting. McEntee also told them that PPO was going to take a look at all appointees at some point and re-vet them to see if they’ve been disloyal in any way.

U.S. FOREIGN AID AGENCY HIT WITH LOW MORALE AS WHITE HOUSE WORKS TO APPOINT TRUMP LOYALISTS

July 10, 2020

John McEntee, Trump’s new personnel head, reportedly called on the group in that meeting in February to find any so-called “Never Trump” political appointees and bring their names back to him. 

McEntee later pushed out many of those liaisons he called upon to help with his purge. They were then replaced by a group of younger, more loyal representatives in positions that historically act as a go-between the White House and various agencies, according to people familiar with the matter who declined to be named. Liaisons have often assisted both their assigned department and the White House with hiring political appointees.


As a result of several controversial hires, morale has plummeted at the federal government’s agency for foreign aid, according to these people.

UPDATE: WHITE HOUSE FIRES USAID DEPUTY TO KEEP BARSA AT HELM

November 6, 2020

John McEntee, White House director of presidential personnel, on Friday afternoon delivered a termination letter to Glick, which Devex obtained.


“Pursuant to the direction of the President, your appointment as Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development is hereby terminated, effective immediately,” said the brief note.

The firing comes as Barsa was warned that he was reaching the end of a 210-day legal limit on his appointment as acting administrator, which had appeared to pave the way for Glick, a Republican political appointee, to take over the agency. Instead, Barsa will be made acting deputy administrator and continue to serve as head of USAID, sources told Devex.

DELUSIONAL TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS THREATENING TO FIRE ANYONE LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB

November 10, 2020

John McEntee was fired as Trump’s body man in March 2018 over “gambling debts that threatened his security clearance,” then rehired in February 2020 and tasked with purging supposedly disloyal appointees from the administration, so this is clearly right in his wheelhouse. According to Axios, he’s one of the people “egging” Trump on re: attempting to overturn the election results in numerous states, which stands little to no chance of success. Of course, no one has ever accused this administration of being lucid or sane, hence the embarrassing insistence that the election is “far from over.”

IN TRUMP’S FINAL DAYS, A 30-YEAR-OLD AIDE PURGES OFFICIALS SEEN AS INSUFFICIENTLY LOYAL

November 13, 2020

“Johnny is loyal to a fault to the president, but doesn’t have the basic understanding of how departments operate and what skills are required to hold certain Cabinet-level positions,” said one senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters. “It’s actually hampered the president by putting unqualified people throughout senior roles.”...

Trump rehired McEntee in the weeks after the impeachment process, when Trump had been frustrated to see federal officials testify against him, and granted McEntee wide latitude to make personnel changes. McEntee quickly made aggressive moves, replacing longtime staff in the personnel office with a coterie of aides in their 20s and purging officials viewed as insufficiently loyal.

“I’m only here for the president,” McEntee said, according to one official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share a private conversation. And, he said, “I’m not afraid to fire people.”

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS LEAVING A DEEP STATE BEHIND

January 19, 2021

It is also not clear that OPM has oversight in the case of USAID, where Foreign Policy reports the administration is attempting to install five political appointees into career positions. The positions were initially competitive, drawing “scores of applications,” but they have been reclassified as non-competitive and held open for months as current political appointees seek to hire Trump ideologues to the positions in a process that does not consider merit or experience and rests squarely on political connection and “loyalty” to Trump and Trumpism.

The hiring of Michael Ellis and the positions at USAID are only two examples of what has been reported as a months-long effort headed by Johnny McEntee, the 30-year-old head of personnel in the Trump White House (previously fired by then Chief of Staff John Kelly in 2018 over compromising gambling habits). McEntee was rehired in early 2020, after the impeachment, to root out anyone not fully loyal to Trump, and to burrow Trump loyalists into the fabric of the U.S. Government.

John McEntee: CV
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