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

Johnny McEntee, President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders 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 VindmanAmerica's diplomats deserve our respect White House withdraws nomination for Pentagon budget chief who questioned Ukraine aid hold Juan Williams: Will the GOP ever curb Trump? 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.

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U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandWhite House withdraws nomination for Pentagon budget chief who questioned Ukraine aid hold Juan Williams: Will the GOP ever curb Trump? House wants documents on McEntee's security clearances 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 Charlotte HicksMeadows joins White House facing reelection challenges Trump aide asked Cabinet agencies to identify anti-Trump appointees: report Trump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment 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.