Johnny McEntee, President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: ‘Why are you so obsessed with me?’ Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE‘s former body man and current head of the presidential personnel office, gathered White House liaisons from Cabinet agencies on Thursday and asked for them to identify political appointees across the federal government who are thought to be politically at odds with the president, sources told Axios.
According to Axios’s sources, Trump gave McEntee the green light to oust the “bad people” and “deep state.” Additionally, McEntee told the staffers that those identified as “anti-Trump” would no longer receive promotions and would be moved around the agencies.
Following Trump’s acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial, the president swiftly took action against the government officials who had testified against him in the House impeachment hearings. Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanTrump aide asked cabinet agencies to identify anti-Trump appointees: report More than 1,000 veterans speak out against Trump’s ‘sustained attacks’ on Vindman MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace says she’ll ‘gladly’ vote for Sanders MORE, the National Security Council’s Ukraine expert who testified in the hearings, was escorted out of the White House along with his twin brother barely 48 hours after the president’s acquittal.
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandTrump aide asked cabinet agencies to identify anti-Trump appointees: report Congress looks to strengthen hand in State Department following impeachment Trump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment MORE, who also testified, was dismissed the same afternoon.
Trump also made some rehires, including McEntee, whom the president considers a loyalist. McEntee was previously fired from his post as the president’s body man in 2018 by then-White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE.
Former White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksTrump aide asked Cabinet agencies to identify anti-Trump appointees: report Trump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment The Hill’s Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE, who voluntarily left the administration in 2018 and has since been working at Fox News, was also hired back to the West Wing.
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell was tapped this week by Trump to be acting director of national intelligence, though Grenell has never held any senior position in a government agency before.