The Office of the First Lady is demanding the firing of Deputy National Security Advisor Mira Ricardel after disagreements with Melania Trump. This marks the second rumored firing in a day linked to First Lady Melania Trump.
Earlier today, we reported that Mrs. Trump is pressuring her husband to fire White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after rumored disagreements. (RELATED: Rumor: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to be Fired After Clash with First Lady.)
The report comes via 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.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 13, 2018
This is really strong language from an office that is normally subdued. If there’s one thing Melania Trump has been as First Lady, it’s been quiet and graceful. She rarely involves herself in policy fights, unlike Hillary Clinton pushing socialized health care. And her childcare initiatives are done without as much fanfare as Michelle Obama’s exercise programs and school lunch ruination.
The First Lady reportedly feels slighted by Ricardel, who didn’t do an adequate job staffing her team for her recent Africa trip. CNN reports: “A White House official accused Ricardel of being dishonest about the feud and subsequently leaking stories to try to cover her behavior.”
Given how close President Trump is to his wife, we can expect Trump to push Ricardel out very soon, possibly by the end of the week.
One thing is for sure: It was more than a rumor when it was reported that Trump was planning big changes for after the midterms. Trump is cleaning house before the last two years of his administration. Without the House of Representatives in his party’s control, it looks like he’s planning to wage a one-man fight as chief executive to implement his agenda.