John McEntee (political aide)
|Personal Aide to the President|
January 20, 2017 – March 13, 2018
|Preceded by||Joe Paulsen|
|Succeeded by||Jordan Karem|
John David McEntee II
May 9, 1990
Fullerton, California, U.S.
|Education||University of Connecticut (BA)|
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.
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 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. 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. Within 48 hours of posting, the video had generated nearly 7 million views and was featured on the homepage of Yahoo.
By 2015, McEntee had taken on a role as a production assistant for Fox News, focusing on the channel's social media accounts. He was inspired by then-candidate Trump's campaign announcement and successfully lobbied for a job on the campaign, joining as a volunteer in July of that year, later being promoted to a full-time position as trip director. McEntee was responsible for executing the campaign's rallies while traveling with the candidate and coordinating the campaign's travel for all staff.
After Trump won the election, McEntee was asked to join his staff as an aide, serving as his body man. He was named as one of Newsmax's 30 Most Influential Republicans Under 30. McEntee's service in the White House ended on March 13, 2018, after he resigned due to an "unspecified security issue." McEntee was immediately hired by Trump's 2020 reelection campaign as a senior adviser for campaign operations.
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. McEntee Sr. is a generous contributor to his church and helps sponsor the annual St. Angela Merici Summerfest; bringing in entertainment such as MC Hammer, Sugar Ray and Peter Frampton.
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