John McEntee (political aide)

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John McEntee
Personal Aide to the President
In office
January 20, 2017 – March 13, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byJoe Paulsen
Succeeded byJordan Karem
Personal details
BornJohn David McEntee II
(1990-05-09) May 9, 1990 (age 28)
Orange, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Connecticut (BA)

John David McEntee II[1][2] is the former body man and personal aide to U.S. President Donald Trump.[3][4][5]

Prior to working for President Trump, McEntee was the starting quarterback for the Connecticut Huskies football team.[1]

Early life[edit]

McEntee was raised as a Catholic and attended St. Angela Merici Parish School in Brea, California. He played high school football at Servite High School in Anaheim. As a senior, he threw for 1,525 yards with seven TD passes and rushed for four touchdowns.[6]


After being redshirted his first year at the University of Connecticut, McEntee saw limited playing time in his first two full seasons of play. In 2011, he walked on and won the team's starting job and played all 12 games in 2011. As the team's quarterback, McEntee passed for over 150 yards in seven games, passed for over 200 in four games, and reached a season and career-high of 300 yards vs. Western Michigan, where he also had a career high of four touchdown passes and 22 completions vs. Western Michigan University.[7] His 335 pass attempts was eighth in school single-season history and his 172 completions was tenth. In 2011, he received the team's Joseph M. Giannelli Unsung Hero Award.

In 2011, McEntee starred in a viral YouTube video where he threw increasingly challenging trick shots with his football. This video was later featured on CNN.[8] As of 2018, this video has over 7 million views.[9]


By 2015, McEntee had taken on a role as a production assistant for Fox News, focusing on the channel's social media accounts.[10] He was inspired by then-candidate Trump's campaign announcement and successfully lobbied for a job on the campaign, joining as a volunteer in August of that year, later being promoted to a full-time position as trip director.[11]

After Trump won the election, McEntee was asked to join his staff as an aide, serving as his body man.[12] McEntee's service in the White House ended on March 13, 2018, after he was escorted out of the building due to an "unspecified security issue".[13][14] McEntee is currently under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes.[15] Within 24 hours, McEntee was hired by Trump's 2020 reelection campaign as a senior adviser for campaign operations.[14]

Personal life[edit]

McEntee was raised in a Roman Catholic family in Fullerton, California.[10]

His father is John D. McEntee, a producer and agent who books celebrities for private and corporate functions, as well as for resorts including the Bellagio and Caesars Palace.[16]

McEntee's cousin, Zac McEntee, played tennis at the University of Connecticut,[17] and is a body man for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.[10]


  1. ^ a b "UCONNHUSKIES.COM Johnny McEntee Bio". UConn Huskies. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
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  3. ^ Wisckol, Martin (January 4, 2017). "Former Servite, UConn QB and YouTube star John McEntee picked as aide to Trump". Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Wisckol, Martin (January 23, 2017). "Trump Appointments as of 1/19". Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  5. ^ Dayton, Kels (January 4, 2017). "Former UConn quarterback Johnny "Trick Shot" McEntee hired to Trump security team". Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "John McEntee's High School Timeline". Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "Huskies Lose Battle Facing Western Michigan, 38-31". October 1, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  8. ^ CNN (February 10, 2011), CNN: Johnny McEntee's football trick shots, retrieved January 13, 2018
  9. ^ HardcoreHuskies (2011-02-08), Johnny Mac Trick Shot Quarterback, retrieved January 13, 2018
  10. ^ a b c "The Trick-Shot QB Who Played His Way Into Trump's Inner Circle". POLITICO Magazine. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  11. ^ "Rising Stars 2017: Administration Staffers". Roll Call. April 20, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Former Servite, UConn QB and YouTube star John McEntee picked as aide to Trump". Orange County Register. 2017-01-05. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  13. ^ Bender, Michael C. (March 13, 2018). "Trump’s Personal Assistant Is Fired: John McEntee was escorted out of White House for unspecified security issue". The Wall Street Journal.
  14. ^ a b "A White House aide fired for "serious financial crimes" got a job on Trump's campaign the next day". Vox. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  15. ^ Collins, Kaitlan; Diamond, Jeremy; Zeleny, Jeff. "Longtime Trump aide fired over financial crime investigation". CNN. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  16. ^ "Entertainment producer donates big act to church fest". Orange County Register. May 25, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  17. ^ "Zac McEntee Bio :: University Of Connecticut Official Athletic Site University Of Connecticut Official Athletic Site - Men's Tennis". Retrieved January 13, 2018.