Everyone has their limit and Melania Trump just reached hers. In an absolutely stunning move, Melania Trump is calling for the firing of a top Trump national security aide.
Mira Ricardel is her name and she works for John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Advisor. Bolton is a neocon of the highest order so it was inevitable that Bolton or his staff would clash with Trump.
There were some rumors Ricardel was a leaking negative stories to the media about Melania and others. From CNN:
First lady Melania Trump, in a remarkable move, carried out by her spokeswoman, publicly pushed for the ouster of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel.
“It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that (Ricardel) no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,” the first lady’s communications director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement amounted to a stunning public rebuke by a first lady of a senior official serving in her husband’s administration. It came after reports surfaced earlier Tuesday indicating Ricardel would be pushed out of her post after less than seven months on the job.
Neither Ricardel not spokespeople for the National Security Council responded to CNN requests for comment.
Ricardel, Bolton’s top deputy, clashed with the first lady’s staff after threatening to withhold National Security Council resources during Melania Trump’s trip to Africa last month unless Ricardel or another NSC official was included in her entourage, one person familiar with the matter said.
An NSC spokesman, Garrett Marquis, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t respond to requests for comment on Grisham’s statement. Ricardel couldn’t be reached.
Bolton hired Ricardel in April from the Commerce Department. She previously worked in the Defense Department under President George W. Bush.
While Bolton likes her, according to Trump administration officials, Ricardel is widely disliked among other White House staff. She’s regarded as inflexible and obsessed with process, which some officials complain has complicated coordination between the NSC and cabinet agencies.
Grisham’s statement comes as several media outlets have reported President Donald Trump is considering a broader shakeup of his administration, including ousting Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. The Washington Post first reported late Wednesday that Trump was preparing to remove Nielsen, whom he has repeatedly blamed for what he calls an immigration “crisis” on the southern U.S. border.