White House aide Mira Ricardel removed after Melania Trump row

Pauline Gross
November 16, 2018

Among Ms Nielsen's critics has been National Security Adviser John Bolton, who last month was widely reported to have erupted in a shouting match with Mr Kelly right outside the Oval Office over her performance.

On Tuesday, Melania Trump sought her removal.

A White House official was blunter, describing the California native as ideologically driven and "obstinate". Bob Dole when he was majority leader and she worked in the Commerce Department during the first year of the Trump administration. He thought it "made him look like a bossed-around husband", Jake Tapper reported.

Sanders didn't say where Ricardel would be working. "The President is grateful for Ms. Ricardel's continued service to the American people and her steadfast pursuit of his national security priorities", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Fleischer said it was "remarkable" to see Mrs. Trump effectively go around the president in public to accomplish the goal of Ricardel being ousted.

"I admire the President and First Lady and have great respect for my colleagues who are dedicated to supporting the President's policies", Ricardel said in a statement to The Associated Press.

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According to The New York Times, Melania was offended by Ricardel disparaging two members of her staff that traveled to Africa with the firs lady last month, and Melania believed the adviser was spreading negative stories about the administration. Aides had said Ricardel had pushed for a seat to be reserved on the first lady's plane for a National Security Council representative to brief her during the trip.

"It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House", Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for the first lady, said on November 13, prompting media speculations on the reasons behind it.

Ricardel's departure comes just a week after Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Kelly was Nielsen's mentor made her his chief of staff when he ran DHS, before moving to the West Wing - where he brought her along before securing her appointment to his old job.

"I usually have so many words - I have the best words", she said, quoting President Trump.

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