The White House aide was escorted from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by security officials, who felt it so urgent to remove the suspected criminal from the presidential abode, they refused to allow McEntee to grab his jacket and belongings before tossing him to the curb. Cummings also asked for documents related to White House employees who have been granted interim security clearances since the 2016 election and documents related to any White House official who has resigned or was sacked over a criminal investigation or failure to obtain a security clearance.
Concerns have grown after officials were seen being escorted out of the building. Six staffers were escorted out in February 2017 after failing Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks, followed by Anthony Scaramucci upon his firing in July.
Asked by a reporter of any updates on his position in the White House, McMaster replied: "Hey, I'm still around".
Until his firing this morning, John McEntee had virtually unlimited access to President Trump. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) White House Personal Aide to the President John McEntee (L), White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino and Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller leave the White House with President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, on November 29, 2017.
However, McEntee was escorted off the White House grounds Monday, with the administration only saying that he had lost his security clearance.
The White House declined to comment. And it highlights the extent to which the re-election campaign has already become a landing pad for former Trump associates who have left the White House but remain loyal to the president.
"Usually tough times bring people together", a White House official told Axios.
Legal and political issues aside, McEntee's departure is significant for emotional and psychological reasons.
McEntee's departure has several of Trump's closest advisers anxious about the effects on the president's mood. The president is not just losing staff, he is losing friends and confidantes.
In response to news reports about Mr McEntee's exit, Elijah Cummings, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to chief of staff John Kelly requesting all documents related to Mr McEntee's employment and departure.