White House aide Mira Ricardel removed after Melania Trump row

After First Lady slam, Mattis foe Ricardel appears on thin ice

Who is Mira Ricardel and why did Melania Trump want her fired?

Politico reported Ricardel also clashed with Defense Secretary James Mattis while serving on the agency's transition team after Trump's election as well as officials at the Department of Homeland Security, according to an administration official.

He continued: "And like honestly, I don't even know who this is, Mira Ricardel-who is this person that they are firing?"

Ricardel's ouster comes as Trump considers a range of changes to his administration.

White House Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel (R) appears with US President Donald Trump at a Diwali ceremony as the office of First Lady Melania Trump announced a request that Ricardel be fired, November 13, 2018.

Not helping her case, CNN notes the adviser was also suspected of leaking unflattering stories about Trump officials she viewed as opponents and had a reputation for being brusque.

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Ricardel was among Bolton's first hires when he became national security adviser in March.

Policy experts from the security council and State Department were advised to fly separately and to meet the first lady's party on the ground, a practice the State Department had often used, but Ricardel objected strenuously, those people said.

The first lady has kept a loyal, but low-key profile in a tumultuous White House.

Colbert described the statement as "a classy way to diss somebody", and then imagined the next statement: "Furthermore it is the position of this office that the first lady will cut a bitch".

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

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The deputy NSA's ouster was called for by Melania on Tuesday, following which Trump had chose to relieve Ricardel from her duties, a White House official confirmed.

"She and the chief have a very positive working relationship", Stephanie Grisham, communications director for the first lady, told The Washington Times in an email.

The start to the second half of Trump's first term is enveloped in gloom as the president surveys the damage from the midterms, tension with some of America's closest allies, and now turmoil inside the administration. These officials said Mrs. Trump's statement blindsided many people on Trump's staff and was unfair in general. It was not yet clear what her new position would be.

Anita McBride, who was chief of staff to first lady Laura Bush, said Melania Trump's move was a dramatic show of power. They said Ricardel was the reason for the delay.

If they didn't, she said, "they certainly learned through this".

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