First Lady Melania Trump is just getting back from her trip to France with the President commemorating the 100th anniversary of Armistice, and the media is desperately hoping to take the popular first lady down a notch, printing inflammatory remarks about her part in the firing of a top White House aide.
Melania Trump’s spokesperson Stephanie Grisham in a statement: “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that Mira Ricardel no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,”
The media responded in exactly the way one would expect them to respond to an enemy, calling her decision to call for the firing of Mira Ricardel, “extraordinary” and “stunning”.
From CNN – In a stunning move, first lady Melania Trump is calling for the firing of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel
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NBC News called the move for a first lady, Melania Trump’s office on Tuesday publicly called for the firing of a senior National Security Council official…”extraordinary”
Washington Post White House correspondent Josh Dawsey, tweeted about the firing of deputy national security advisor Mira R. Ricardel, allegedly by Melania Trump, saying: Five current and former White House officials said Tuesday that Ricardel had berated people in meetings, yelled at professional staff, argued with first lady & spread rumors about Mattis. All five officials said she was deeply disliked in the White House.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the argument began with “seating on the plane and requests to use National Security Council resources” during Melania’s trip to Africa, and later escalated to accusations that Ricardel had planted negative stories in the press.
Washington Post – The office of first lady Melania Trump is calling for the ouster of deputy national security adviser Mira R. Ricardel, amid reports of tensions between Ricardel and White House officials.
“It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,” the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement Tuesday.
A National Security Council spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A senior White House official said Ricardel is expected to be fired, but she was still at her desk Tuesday afternoon.
National security adviser John Bolton tapped Ricardel in April to serve as his deputy, hailing her “track record of successfully managing teams and diverse organizations, as well as addressing complex issues.” Ricardel had previously worked as an undersecretary of commerce and had also held positions at the State and Defense departments.
Yet Ricardel had frequently clashed with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis while leading President Trump’s transition, current and former officials told The Washington Post last month, and her reemergence at the White House prompted suspicion at the Pentagon that she was undermining Mattis.
Three current and two former White House officials said Tuesday that Ricardel had berated people in meetings, yelled at professional staff, argued with the first lady and spread rumors about Mattis.
White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has sought for months to oust Ricardel, calling her a problematic hire in the West Wing, and Mattis has told advisers that he wants her out as well, the officials said. –