National Security Aid to Be Fired After Melania Trump's Public Call

Minnie Murray
November 14, 2018

White House deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel, right, appeared with U.S. President Donald Trump as recently as yesterday, at a Diwali ceremony.

Mira Ricardel, the deputy national security adviser and top aide to national security adviser John Bolton, reportedly had spats with the first lady over her trip to Africa last month, with the first lady calling for her ouster.

When CNBC reporter Eamon Javers tried to get a statement from a White House official about the first lady's statement, that official responded by saying "the East Wing speaks for the East Wing".

She gave no reason for why the president's wife wanted Ricardel out, but several officials said it was related to Mrs. Trump's trip to Africa in October.

Ms Ricardel was also believed to have had a dislike of US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, current and former officials said.

Among those on the possible chopping block: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a close ally of Trump's chief of staff John Kelly.

A source claimed Nielsen - who used to work on disaster management response for the White House under Bush - is referred to as a "Bushie" by Trump. But the constant arrows have led Nielsen to tell some associates that she is unhappy in her post.


Donald Trump's deputy national security adviser is reportedly set to be fired following a dispute with the first lady, Melania Trump.

Ricardel was still in the White House Tuesday, the Journal reported.

She also moved to abandon longstanding regulations that dictate how long children are allowed to be held in immigration detention, and requested bed space from the US military for some 12,000 people in an effort to detain all families who cross the border.

Meanwhile, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is also said to be in the firing line after similar clashes with Mrs Trump.

The announcement could come as soon as this week, the officials said.

Another report by The Hill says that the conflict between Ricardel and FLOTUS had to do with plane seating, as well; but still others on Twitter are pointing out that this could just be a smokescreen for Trump getting rid of someone of his own volition.

Nielsen was selected for the DHS job by Kelly, and her imminent departure is another indication that his influence over staff and personnel decisions has waned. She declined to name anyone but said she had let the president know who they are.

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