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Trump 2020 Campaign Now Accepting All White House Rejects

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On Monday, Donald Trump’s “body man,” John McEntee, who had been operating without a permanent security clearance, was fired from his West Wing job for “serious financial crimes” reportedly related to online gambling and mishandling of his taxes, issues that are apparently being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security. So worried was the White House about someone like McEntee stinking up the joint that he was “abruptly” escorted from the building without even the chance to collect his belongings or jacket. All of which apparently made him a desirable hire for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, which announced less than 24 hours later that McEntee had been brought on as a “senior adviser for campaign operations.”

As you may have noticed, the Trump administration has been churning through staff at an absolutely alarming rate. Some of the departures, of course, have come from people who woke up one day and decided, Screw it, I can’t take this anymore and quit, such as Gary Cohn. Others, like Rex Tillerson, have been canned because they didn’t share Trump’s worldview and dared to make controversial statements like, “Russia clearly attempted to murder that ex-Kremlin spy and his daughter in the U.K.” But an entirely separate subset of exits has involved employees who have been fired for reasons that would generally preclude them from so much as getting a reference from the White House. Yet somehow, inevitably, these aides are then rehired . . . to staff Trump’s re-election campaign.

In addition to McEntee, it’s rumored that First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner, who recently suffered the indignity of having his security clearance downgraded, will potentially make the move from not good enough for the White House to the campaign’s upper echelons—as a source told my colleague Gabriel Sherman last week, Trump 2020 is considered to be Kushner’s “soft landing.” Once there, he would join, among others, Katrina Pierson, the 2016 campaign spokesperson who defended Confederate statues, told Fox News that we should use our nukes, and sported a bullet necklace to demonstrate her commitment to the N.R.A.

In addition to serving as a convenient place to stash his misfit toys, the re-election campaign is proving to be a great financial resource for the president: last year about a quarter of the campaign’s funds were put toward legal fees, according to a Federal Election Commission filing. Even better, Trump 2020 is reportedly paying the Trump Organization for office space that far exceeds its needs. “There’s nobody there. It’s like two guys,” said a Republican consultant who apparently “laughed” when asked about the expense. “There is no campaign. There is no operation. It’s just a joke.”

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