Published: Wed, November 14, 2018

Trump considers ousting top aide who feuded with Melania

Trump considers ousting top aide who feuded with Melania

First lady Melania Trump made her own personnel recommendation, saying she was unhappy with the deputy national security advisor, Mira Ricardel, who traveled with her to Africa last month.

In an official statement on Tuesday, the office of the first lady publicly called for the firing of national security adviser John Bolton's deputy, Mira Ricardel.

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

Trump is discussing potential candidates to replace John Kelly, who is likely to quit as a result of the reported upcoming dismissal of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the Wall Street Journal reported.

On May 7 2018, Melania launched her flagship campaign as First Lady, BE BEST, which The White House describes as "an awareness campaign focused entirely around the well-being of children".

Despite the reports, Ms Ricardel was seen standing to the right of the President during a White House ceremony today, to mark Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

The department's press secretary said in a statement to Business Insider that Nielsen was honored to serve in the Trump administration and was committed to continuing her service.

According to ABC News, Kelly has been fighting to keep Nielsen at her position, even though Trump has reportedly been furious at the way she has refused to carry out his hard-line immigration policies on the grounds that they could violate USA laws.


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

Mr. Kelly has been at odds with members of the National Security Council.

With the mid-term elections now in the rear-view mirror, the situation in the Trump White House appears to be coming to a head.

Sources said that Melania Trump explicitly asked the president to oust Ricardel after their dealings over the Africa trip "didn't go well".

Sources familiar with the matter tell CBS News Nielsen will be leaving, but say the timing is uncertain.

Bolton is now traveling in Asia with Vice President Mike Pence.

"Well", she said, "some people, they don't work there anymore".

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