Donald Trump is itching to fire disloyal White House insiders and thinks he is surrounded by ‘snakes’ as he brings back Hope Hicks and ‘body man’ fired for gambling problem
President Trump is on a firing and a hiring spree, as he aims to rid the government of ‘never-Trumpers’ and bring back aides he’s most comfortable with.
The news broke Thursday that former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks would be returning to the West Wing in coming weeks, this time working under Jared Kushner as a counselor to the president.
Then Axios reported that John McEntee, Trump’s former ‘body man’ who was canned after he couldn’t get a security clearance due to a gambling problem, is expected to take over the Presidential Personnel Office.
More firings are also expected.
‘Administration officials tell Axios Trump feels he’s surrounded by snakes and wants to clear out all the disloyal people,’ Axios said.
The newly emboldened President Trump is trying to get rid of the ‘snakes’ within the U.S. government, according to Axios, by hiring back trusted aides who have caused him problems in the past
Among those aides is President Trump’s former body man John McEntee, who was fired from the White House in March 2018 as the Secret Service was investigating him for financial problems related to gambling and his tax filings
President Trump is also bringing Hope Hicks (left) back into the fold, this time as a counselor to the president working under Jared Kushner (right). Hicks left the administration in the wake of her boyfriend Rob Porter being fired over domestic abuse allegations made by two ex-wives
A week ago, Trump started cleaning house of individuals who testified before House committees, which led to his impeachment.
He removed Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman – and Vindman’s twin brother Yevgeny.
Both brothers did work for the National Security Council.
Trump also ousted E.U. Amb. Gordon Sondland, who also testified.
Sondland was a Trump political donor before being appointed to the European Union post.
Trump has been emboldened by the U.S. Senate’s decision to acquit him on the two articles of impeachment approved by the House in December.
Hicks and McEntee both left the White House in 2018 and, at the time, were politically problematic employees for the president.
Hicks had become romantically involved with Staff Secretary Rob Porter, who was accused by both of his ex-wives of abusive behavior.
He was fired by the White House in early February 2018 once those allegations were reported on by DailyMail.com.
Porter’s first wife Colbie Holderness told DailyMail.com that Porter choked her and punched her in the face and had given her a black eye, of which there was photographic evidence. ‘It was not hard enough for me to pass out, but it was scary, humiliating and dehumanizing,’ she said of the injury Porter had inflicted her with.
Porter’s second wife Jennifer Willoughby told DailyMail.com Porter had called her a f***ing bitch. On one occasion, he grabbed her naked out of the shower.
During the height of the scandal, Hicks had helped then Chief of Staff John Kelly craft a statement in defense of Porter, a move that ‘deeply frustrated’ other staffers, according to Vanity Fair, who viewed Kelly’s defense of Porter poorly. ‘It’s beyond disbelief. Everyone is trying to figure out why Kelly is leading the charage to save him,’ one aide told the magazine.
Kelly described Porter as a ‘man of true integrity and honor’ and a ‘trusted professional.’
McEntee was fired and removed from the White House in March 2018 with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the dismissal was due to the aide having financial problems related to online gamling and his tax filings. McEntee was being investigated by the Secret Service for these issues when he was let go, the Journal said.
DailyMail.com reported that McEntee was gambling in real life too. As he would spend time at the MGM National Harbor casino, located just down the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
There, McEntee blew $250,000 on roulette.