Trump aide asked Cabinet agencies to identify anti-Trump appointees: report

Johnny McEntee, President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE's former body man and current head of the presidential personnel office, gathered White House liaisons from Cabinet agencies on Thursday and asked for them to identify political appointees across the federal government who are thought to be politically at odds with the president, sources told Axios.

According to Axios's sources, Trump gave McEntee the green light to oust the “bad people” and “deep state.” Additionally, McEntee told the staffers that those identified as "anti-Trump" would no longer receive promotions and would be moved around the agencies.

Following Trump's acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial, the president swiftly took action against the government officials who had testified against him in the House impeachment hearings. Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanVindman says he doesn't regret testimony against Trump Esper: If my replacement is 'a real yes man' then 'God help us' Ukrainian president whose call with Trump sparked impeachment congratulates Biden MORE, the National Security Council's Ukraine expert who testified in the hearings, was escorted out of the White House along with his twin brother barely 48 hours after the president's acquittal.


U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandGraham's 'impeach Kamala' drumbeat will lead Republicans to a 2022 defeat GOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Top Democrat slams Trump's new EU envoy: Not 'a political donor's part-time job' MORE, who also testified, was dismissed the same afternoon.

Trump also made some rehires, including McEntee, whom the president considers a loyalist. McEntee was previously fired from his post as the president's body man in 2018 by then-White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE.

Former White House communications director Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE, who voluntarily left the administration in 2018 and has since been working at Fox News, was also hired back to the West Wing.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell was tapped this week by Trump to be acting director of national intelligence, though Grenell has never held any senior position in a government agency before.