Meet Donald Trump’s 23-year-old enforcer – a college SENIOR recruited to help purge never-Trumpers

Donald Trump’s administration has recruited a college senior to help the president’s re-hired ex-‘body man’ lead a purge of anti-Trump government officials. 

Politico reported Tuesday that 23-year-old James Bacon has become the right-hand man to John McEntee, who the president put in charge of the Presidential Personnel Office.  

McEntee, who’s 29, was fired from the White House in March 2018 after he couldn’t get a security clearance due to an alleged gambling problem. He was rehired and is leading a purge of never-Trump government officials, according to reporting from Axios. 

James Bacon (right) has become the right-hand man of John McEntee, the director of the Presidential Personnel Office, who President Trump (left) has tasked to lead a purge of ‘anti-Trumpers’ from the government 

John McEntee (center), walking to Marine One with Kellyanne Conway (left) and Stephen Miller (right) was originally fired in March 2018 due to an alleged gambling problem

John McEntee (center), walking to Marine One with Kellyanne Conway (left) and Stephen Miller (right) was originally fired in March 2018 due to an alleged gambling problem 

After surviving impeachment, President Trump has reportedly asked John McEntee to purge the government of anti-Trump officials

After surviving impeachment, President Trump has reportedly asked John McEntee to purge the government of anti-Trump officials 

James Bacon, photographed at his high school graduation, worked his way up from Trump campaign intern

James Bacon, photographed at his high school graduation, worked his way up from Trump campaign intern 

James Bacon's father Jim wrote an enthusiastic post on Facebook about his son's work, as the now-23-year-old worked his way up the chain from Trump 2016 campaign intern

James Bacon’s father Jim wrote an enthusiastic post on Facebook about his son’s work, as the now-23-year-old worked his way up the chain from Trump 2016 campaign intern 

Bacon joins McEntee after having a long list of Trump-related jobs, starting with being an intern on the Trump campaign, according to his LinkedIn page. 

The GW senior also was a motorcade driver, during the year and five months Trump was running for president. 

He moved up the chain to being a congressional relations intern, doing advance work for the campaign and then had an operations job during the two-month transition. 

Since then, according to Politico, Bacon worked at the Department of Housing and Urban Development where he acted as Secretary Ben Carson’s ‘confidential assistant.’ 

He was most recently at the Department of Transportation, Politico said, briefly working in the policy shop. 

Bacon’s role will be that of PPO’s director of operations, Politico said, where he’ll work on the vetting of job candidates.  

Axios reported that on Thursday McEntee led a meeting of White House liaisons from cabinet agencies and asked them to identify potential ‘never-Trumpers’ who could be purged from the U.S. government. 



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