President Donald Trump's longtime personal aide, John McEntee, was sacked and escorted from the White House on Tuesday after it was revealed that he was under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes - but he was then immediately hired by the Trump re-election campaign.
For Mr. Trump, the absence of Mr. McEntee strips away another of the handful of close associates who have constantly been by his side as he made the transition from real estate mogul to politician.
McEntee wasn't allowed to collect his belongings ― including his jacket ― before being escorted out, according to the Journal.
"He's much taller than I thought", Trump said.
It was not clear why a clearances issue would have warranted the abrupt removal of McEntee from the White House grounds.
McEntee worked with Trump from the earliest days of his presidential bid, joining the Trump team in 2015.
Angella Reid - May 5, 2017: The first female White House chief usher was dismissed for reasons that seemed unclear to her at the time, although Axios reports that she was "considered mean" by staffers. Neither the Journal nor the New York Times could specify what exactly the security issue was that led to McEntee's departure.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment on the reasons for his departure, saying only Mr McEntee was going to the campaign.
As for McEntee, he has not completely left the Trump orbit because he is headed to work for the Trump 2020 campaign.
His exit comes two weeks after White House communications director Hope Hicks, also a long-serving staffer, stepped down.
President Trump's re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale announced Mr McEntee's hiring on Tuesday.
However, CNN later reported that McEntee was, uh, facing a federal investigation over unspecified "serious financial crimes".