The transfer represents a fresh blow to Swift’s career aspirations: Several months ago, after serving for a few months in an acting capacity as the top public affairs official at DHS, she angled for that job permanently — only to be disappointed when she was not promoted, according to a Trump administration official.
McEntee, a former college quarterback known for his trick plays and a longtime Trump favorite, has also come under fire within the administration for recently hiring three college seniors for sensitive jobs.
One former official pushed back hard on the notion that Swift had been anti-Trump in any way and called her a Trump “acolyte” who “loves the president” and did not want to leave the department. Swift has been a good team player, was well-liked by her staff and colleagues and has worked hard to achieve the department’s mission, this person said.
Swift and DHS did not provide a comment for this story, and a White House spokesperson declined to address Swift’s transfer, citing a policy of not commenting on internal personnel matters.
Zinke resigned in December 2018 after several probes into whether he used his position for personal gain, however, and Swift subsequently moved to DHS last August.
Previously, she had worked as Zinke’s communications director when he was in Congress.
Senate seat in 2012.