Trump would sign Republican bill on school safety, White House says

"The best way to keep our students and teachers safe is to give them the tools and the training to recognize the warning signs to prevent violence from ever entering our school grounds, and this bill aims to do just that", said Republican Representative John Rutherford of Florida, a former sheriff who sponsored the school safety bill.

On Monday, Donald Trump's "body man", John McEntee, who had been operating without a permanent security clearance, was sacked from his West Wing job for "serious financial crimes" reportedly related to online gambling and mishandling of his taxes, issues that are apparently being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security.

Like Ms Hicks, Mr McEntee was part of a small group of aides that had been with Mr Trump since his campaign.

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John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has said in recent weeks that too many staff members were operating on interim security clearances because they could not pass Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks. The Washington Post first reported McEntee's firing, and CNN first reported the reason for his firing, citing a source familiar with his firing.

Minutes after news of his departure broke, the Trump campaign announced McEntee would be joining the re-election effort as a senior adviser for campaign operations.

Tuesday, Trump replaced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about it in her daily press briefing and refused to say anything other than "we don't comment on personnel issues".

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For Trump, the absence of McEntee strips away another of the handful of close associates who have constantly been by his side as he made the transition from real estate mogul to politician.

He was scheduled to travel to California with Trump on Tuesday, but then he was sacked.

McEntee does not appear to have been offered the chance to resign from his position.

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A review of the security clearances at the White House by Kelly found that many officials were operating with interim clearances. He regularly traveled with Trump and was seen boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House as Trump headed for Pennsylvania on Saturday.


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