Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Exclusive: Fired Trump Personal Assistant is Son of Republican-Trump Donor Who Books Casino Acts, Brother Works for Mnuchin

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Last night, 27 year old former college football player John McEntee was escorted out of the White House after losing his security clearance as Donald Trump’s personal assistant and “body man.” He was immediately hired by the Trump 2020 Campaign.

Who is John McEntee, who looks like a TV newscaster and has no particular experience in anything? Why, he’s the son of John D. McEntee, owner of Anaheim-based TEI Entertainment and a top Republican contributor. McEntee’s brother, Zac, works as a “body man” or personal assistant for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

John D. McEntee (the father) books entertainment acts into casinos around the country, from A list acts to rock tribute groups. On the TEI website, McEntee Senior lists most of the Las Vegas casinos and Indian owned casinos around the country as his clients. That’s the gist of his company. But as a GOP supporter, he’s been there for Trump and friends.

His recent donations include $2,000 to the Trump for President campaign in March 2016 via the Arizona Republican party. In May 2016 he gave another $5,000 to Trump for President through the North Carolina GOP.  In 2012, he gave $2,500 to CAPE PAC. CAPE stands for Coalition of Americans for Political Equality. Politico wrote about them in 2012, and not too positively.

McEntee Jr. was featured last year in Roll Call as a Rising Star of the Trump Administration. The Wall Street Journal says he lost his security clearance over concerns about his finances and online gambling.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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