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Felicia Sonmez National Reporter on Washington Posts Breaking Political News Act November 13 at 16:02 ] Melania Trump's office urges…
] Melania Trump’s office urges deputy security advisor Mira R. Ricardel to be tied up in tensions between Ricardel and White House officials.
“It is the position of the first lady’s office that she no longer deserves to earn in this white house,” said the first lady spokesman Stephanie Grisham in a statement on Tuesday.
A spokesman from the Security Council has not responded immediately to a request for a comment.
A senior official from the White House said that Ricardel was expected to be fired, but she was still at her desk Tuesday afternoon.
National Security Advisor John Bolton lost Ricardel in April to serve as his alternate her story of successful management of teams and organizations as well as dealing with complex issues. “Ricardel had previously worked as a trade secretary and also had positions at the State Department and Defense Department.
But Ricardel had often collided with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis led by President Trump’s transition, told current and former Washington Post officials last month and her reemergence at the White House led to suspicions at the Pentagon that she undermined Mattis.
Three current and two former White House officials said Tuesday that Ricardel had counseled people in a meeting, yelled at professional staff, argued with the first lady and spread the rumors of Mattis
White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has been searching for several months to challenge Ricardel and call her a problematic rental in the West Wing, and Mattis has advised that he wants her too, the officials said.
Asked late Tirda In the afternoon, if he agreed with the first lady that Ricardel should leaving his position, Mattis refused to comment.
“I do not comment on other people’s personal questions,” he said.
The news comes into broader concern within the Trump administration after last week’s middle elections. Trump last week forced Jeff Session’s resignation as Attorney General, and on Monday the Washington Post reported that the president has decided to remove home security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Kelly’s own future in the administration is also shaky.
But, even in a management marked by frequent turnover, Grisham’s statement was on Tuesday. It is unusual that the first women’s office weighs on human resources elsewhere in the White House, especially within the country’s security.
Ricardel was among the officials who attended a Diwali party with President Trump in Roosevelt’s Room of the White House earlier Tuesday afternoon.
And the first lady did not mention the tumult in a forced late Tuesday afternoon where she shared pictures of herself greeting visitors at the White House and noted that it was World Friendliness Day.
“On this #WorldKindessDay, I had fun surprise visitors at @WhiteHouse! Thanks to all who come through and visit this magnificent home. #BeBest,” she said.
Dan Lamothe contributed to this report.