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McEntee was escorted out of the White House on Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal, as part of a "unspecified security issue".

People familiar with the matter said that McEntee had been able to obtain a security clearance earlier in Trump's presidency, and speculated that any issues that led to his firing were recent developments. A White House spokesman declined to comment on McEntee's firing.

"Mr. McEntee wasn't as well known as the others, but had been a constant presence at Mr. Trump's side for the past three years", the newspaper reported.

McEntee was one of Trump's longest-tenured staffers, having joined during the campaign.

The campaign's decision underscores Trump's tolerance for - and often encouragement of - duelling centres of power around him.

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Axios's Jonathan Swan touched on how devastating this will be for morale inside the White House. A since-fired State Department employee said this morning that Tillerson found out he was sacked when he saw Trump's tweet.

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USA media reported his abrupt exit came about due to difficulties in obtaining a full security clearance.

It wasn't clear why McEntee, a well-liked figure in the White House, had been dismissed, and campaign aides weren't given a reason. He looks to have already landed on his feet - just minutes after news of his departure broke, it was announced that McEntee would be joining Trump's reelection team as a senior adviser.

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