The dispute was pronounced exceptionally on Tuesday when the first women's office released a statement requiring the National Security Advisor…
The dispute was pronounced exceptionally on Tuesday when the first women’s office released a statement requiring the National Security Advisor Mira Ricardel to mourn, as reports arose that President Donald Trump would fire the official.
A White House official confirmed to CNN that Trump has told people that Ricardel will be kicked. But the official said she had a little time to clean up her desk. It was not immediately clear when she officially made her go out.
“It’s the first lady’s office that (Ricardel) no longer deserves to earn in this white house,” the first lady’s communications director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement constituted an amazing public prosecution of a first lady of a senior official serving in his husband’s administration. It came after reports occurred earlier Tuesday, indicating that Ricardel would be postponed from his post after less than seven months at work.
Neither Ricardel nor spokesmen of the National Security Council responded to the CNN request for comments.
1; Following a Wall Street Journal report on Tuesday afternoon, alleging that Ricardel was fired and escorted by the White House grounds, an older official from White House denied the story to reporters.
Officer said Ricardel was still in her office Tuesday afternoon. Officially refused to speculate on Ricardel’s future in the administration.
Her departure would leave the National Security Advisor John Bolton without one of his key federations in the administration, an alternate who has also shared his pride for bureaucratic infighting.
It was the sharp elbows who said they led to the first lady’s stinging, with Ricardel last sweating with members of the first lady’s staff over their trip to Africa. A person familiar with the case said that Ricardel had bothered with the first lady’s staff over seating on the plane and using national security council resources.
A white house official accused Ricardel of being dishonest about feud and then leaking stories to try to cover her behavior.
And before she sprung with East Wing Ricardel repeatedly supported Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a rivalry known in the Trump Administration. Her disputes with Mattis preceded her time as deputy national security advisor and returned to the presidential election when Ricardel tried to block Mattis from hiring certain people who had been critical of Trump or considered insufficiently loyal to Trump.
Tensions have also risen between Ricardel and Chief of Staff John Kelly and his Deputy Zach Fuentes in recent weeks, according to people familiar with the matter. Kelly and Fuentes think Ricardel leaked negative stories about them to the press, the people said.
The dispute made it difficult for Ricardel to land in a top ranking in the Trump Administration, despite eventually losing her position as Trade Secretary for Export Administration. Ricardel then went to the National Security Council as Bolton’s deputy in April after being appointed National Security Advisor.
Ricardel has been the key to Bolton’s efforts to restructure the Security Council and to help Bolton secure his seat as an influential adviser to the president on all foreign policy issues.
The drama about Ricardel’s possible oust occurred while Bolton was a half-world in Singapore, where he participated in the Summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
CNN’s Pamela Brown and Sarah Westwood contributed to this report.
This story has been updated.