John McEntee (political aide)

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John McEntee
John McEntee in office.jpg
Personal Aide to the President
In office
January 20, 2017 – March 13, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byJoe Paulsen
Succeeded byJordan Karem
Personal details
John David McEntee II

(1990-05-09) May 9, 1990 (age 29)
Fullerton, 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 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] Within 48 hours of posting, the video had generated nearly 7 million views and was featured on the homepage of Yahoo.[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 July of that year, later being promoted to a full-time position as trip director.[11] 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.[12] He was named as one of Newsmax's 30 Most Influential Republicans Under 30[13]. McEntee's service in the White House ended on March 13, 2018, after he resigned due to an "unspecified security issue."[14] McEntee was immediately hired by Trump's 2020 reelection campaign as a senior adviser for campaign operations.

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.[15] 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[16].

McEntee's cousin, Zac McEntee, played tennis at the University of Connecticut,[17] and is the current deputy chief of staff[18] for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.[10]


  1. ^ a b "UCONNHUSKIES.COM Johnny McEntee Bio". UConn Huskies. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  2. ^ "FamilySearch". Retrieved Feb 14, 2019.
  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. ^ "Newsmax's 30 Most Influential Republicans Under 30". Newsmax. 2018-01-30. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Entertainment producer donates big act to church fest". Orange County Register. May 25, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  16. ^ "Entertainment producer donates big act to church fest". Orange County Register. 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  17. ^ "Zac McEntee Bio :: University Of Connecticut Official Athletic Site University Of Connecticut Official Athletic Site - Men's Tennis". Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  18. ^ Sherman, Jake; Palmer, Anna; Lippman, Daniel. "POLITICO Playbook: KJU says U.S. negotiating style doesn't suit them, and where Trump is going to mark tax day". POLITICO. Retrieved 2019-04-23.