Report: White House Plans To Purge Personnel They Believe Are ‘Never Trumpers’
President Donald Trump’s head of White House personnel is reportedly going after individuals in the administration he deems to be “Never Trumpers,” a news report posted on Friday noted.
Johnny McEntee, who used to be the “body man” for Trump, was fired from the White House in 2018 but rehired to become the president’s head of personnel. According to a report from Axios, McEntee has purportedly been given the go-ahead from Trump to purge out anyone he deems to be disloyal to the president.
Three sources described to that news organization how McEntee recently convened liaisons from executive cabinet agencies to tell them to identify any “anti-Trump” workers or political appointees that could be removed or transferred to different departments.
Reportedly, McEntee is empowered by Trump with the ability to get rid of “bad people” and individuals he considers part of the “Deep State.”
The coming purge is part of a broader effort that has already started, to remove people the president deems as disloyal to him from his administration. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who served in Trump’s Nationals Security Council, and Ambassador Gordon Sondland, both who testified within the impeachment inquiry of the president, were removed from their positions this month.
Trump’s new personnel chief orders ‘PURGE’ of all NEVER-TRUMPERS from FEDERAL AGENCIES?#JohnnyMcEntee, #Trump’s former body man, who reportedly “was FORCED FROM HIS JOB in 2018 over gambling debts that threatened his security clearance” #MOG#BlueWave
— Michael O'Grady (@mog7546) February 21, 2020
Just this week, Trump also announced that acting Director of National Intelligence Joe Maguire would be replaced by a staunch loyalist, Germany Ambassador Richard Grenell, who has zero experience or background in intelligence.
Maguire’s departure reportedly came about after he briefed congressional officials about election security regarding possible Russian interference, possibly saying that Russia wanted Trump to win again in November, the Washington Post reported.