Trump aide targeted by first lady is leaving the White House

Trump aide targeted by first lady is leaving the White House

On Tuesday, First Lady Melania Trump publicly demanded the removal of National Security Adviser John Bolton's top deputy, Mira Ricardel. Aides said Ms. Ricardel clashed with the first lady's staff over her visit to Africa last month.

Ms Ricardel could not be reached for comment.

Trump was convinced that Ricardel was spreading false information about her office and planting negative stories in the media about her stay in Egypt.

Ricardel previously served as an official in the Commerce Department and was chosen by John Bolton, the national security advisor for the Trump administration, to perform the duties of deputy security advisor.

Bolton had fought behind the scenes to keep her from being forced out but ultimately lost the battle, two officials said.

Another expected reshuffle casualty is Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a Kelly ally who oversees the politically sensitive task of carrying out President Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration.

Sanders didn't say where Ricardel would be working.

Adviser Mira Ricardel has been sacked from the White House.




The announcement of the transfer of Mrs Ricardel was made in a statement by White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Wednesday.

Bad blood between Ms Ricardel and Ms Trump and her staff continued for weeks after the trip, with the first lady privately arguing that the NSC's No 2 official was a corrosive influence in the White House and should be dismissed.

The battle between Ricardel and Melania Trump's staff is only the latest installment in first lady lore.

Ricardel was sacked Wednesday evening following a rare public rebuke from the first lady's office.

Ricardel was raised in Pasadena, the child of a Croatian immigrant and went on to study at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and then do doctoral work at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. It was not immediately clear what her next position within the administration would be.

Pushing back against the idea of there being any division between her and Donald Trump, she said that infidelity allegations against him were not "a concern".

While first ladies historically have been known to pressure their husbands over official business, they do not typically issue statements about it.

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