Trump aide Ricardel forced out after showdown with Melania

Trump aide Ricardel forced out after showdown with Melania

Trump aide Ricardel forced out after showdown with Melania

After reports circulated Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had made a decision to remove Mira Ricardel from her post at the National Security Council, Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman, released a statement that said: "It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House".

Noting reports that Trump and Ricardel had clashed over seating arrangements on her flight to Africa, Kimmel joked, "Ricardel wanted Melania to sit in the middle section of the plane, and Melania wanted to jump out of it".

A former Trump administration official, however, tells the Daily Beast that it wouldn't be totally fair to blame Kelly for the chaos, since there is no one who can actually maintain order within the Trump White House.

According to news reports, Melania also told her husband she's irked with Chief of Staff John Kelly because he denied her request to promote some of her staff, to which President Trump reportedly responded, telling Kelly "I don't need this shit" and told him to hand out the promotions.

Mrs Ricardel was hired away from the Department of Commerce by National Security Advisor John Bolton, and has decades of experience working in the USA government. But the official said she has been given some time to clear out her desk. After reports circulated that the president had chose to remove Ricardel, the first lady's spokeswoman issued a statement saying: "It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House".

Mrs Trump also confirmed there were still some untrustworthy people working there.

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Ricardel reportedly battled with the first lady's staff during her trip to Africa last month, and was believed to be the source of negative stories about Melania Trump, the newspaper reported citing unnamed sources.

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director issued a statement around 2:30 p.m. saying the official, Mira Ricardel, should no longer serve as the NSC's No. 2.

A White House official who spoke with CNN relayed the president's latest mood amid potential staffing shakeups - and the outlook is grim. Ricardel then joined the National Security Council as Bolton's deputy in April after he was named national security adviser. But now the president is considering getting rid of both them, the source said.

A spokesman for the National Security Council had no immediate comment.

Post midterms, he's already lost one senior member of his administration in former attorney-general Jeff Sessions.

Another official was more forgiving: "She'd run through a brick wall for you but her personality isn't for everyone".

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