McEntee, who joined the Trump campaign in its first months, is the latest of the President's longest-serving aides to leave or announce plans to leave the White House, following the resignation of White House communications direct Hope Hicks two weeks earlier.
McEntee served as Trump's body man during the campaign and into the White House alongside the President's longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller, who left the White House last fall. The role meant McEntee was nearly constantly at the President's side.
Trump reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale announced McEntee's hire alongside that of Katrina Pierson, a Trump campaign spokesperson in 2016 who will join the 2020 campaign as a senior adviser.
McEntee is just the latest aide to leave the White House amid issues with his security clearance, after White House chief of staff John Kelly enacted a series of reforms following the scandal involving disgraced White House staff secretary Rob Porter.
In June of 2015, McEntee was working as a production assistant at Fox News. He began as a Trump campaign volunteer in August 2015, but was quickly hired as a full-time employee.
The former college athlete, who walked on to the UConn football team and became its starting quarterback, was one of the first 10 or 15 staffers in the New York office and soon he was traveling with the future president. McEntee also recommended his cousin, Zac, a recent graduate with an accounting degree from UConn who had played on the tennis team, for a job in the campaign’s accounting department. Zac McEntee, 24, later met Steven Mnuchin and now works as the Treasury secretary’s body man.
McEntee graduated with a communications degree and spent the next summer working out with a coach in San Diego, but didn’t catch on with any NFL teams.
McEntee was an altar boy for years in Brea, California, a suburb southeast of Los Angeles, where he grew up. His father runs TEI Entertainment, a successful entertainment agency with offices in California and Las Vegas that books celebrities for corporate events and private parties. The Eagles, Aerosmith, the rapper Flo Rida and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana have been among his clients.more » « less