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

Johnny McEntee, President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 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 describes 'campaign of bullying, intimidation and retaliation' by Trump, allies in op-ed Vindman marks 1 year since call that led to Trump's impeachment White House officials alleged Vindman created hostile work environment after impeachment testimony: report 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 SondlandGOP 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' Trump names new EU envoy, filling post left vacant by impeachment witness Sondland 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 HicksCuomo turned down Trump invitation to participate in April press briefing: report Trump shakes up White House communications team Meadows joins White House facing reelection challenges 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.