You're Reassigned! Trump Does Not Fire Key Adviser Under Fire

Bessie Dean
November 17, 2018

Mira Ricardel, the deputy national security adviser, departed the White House on Wednesday, a day after the first lady's office issued an extraordinary statement calling for her ouster. Mrs. Trump felt she had treated her staff disrespectfully, White House sources said, and Ricardel was seen as so hard during the planning of the trip, according to sources, that the first lady's team sought Kelly's guidance.

Another source said that Mrs Trump felt that Ms Ricardel tried to short-change the first lady in terms of USA government resources allocated to support her Africa tour.

Mira Ricardel is a former State Department and Pentagon official who was handpicked by President Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, to be his deputy.

Ricardel threatened to withhold National Security Council resources for the trip unless she or another NSC staffer were included in the first lady's entourage, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The battle between Ricardel and Melania Trump's staff is only the latest installment in first lady lore.

Kimmel seemed thrilled to hear that President Donald Trump's wifre is "getting in on the action" of firing people. The fate of Ricardel seemed to be sealed following a statement issued by the First Lady, who said that the deputy advisor did not deserve to be employed by her husband.

In an interview with ABC News last month, Melania was straightforward, acknowledging that she was the "gatekeeper" to the president and noting that there were untrustworthy people in the White House.

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The other main takeaway from Trump's trip was a PR blunder when the White House cancelled his plan to visit an American military cemetery due to rain grounding the presidential helicopter.

But Ms Sanders didn't say what Ms Ricardel's new job would be, and didn't respond to follow-up questions.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Ricardel would "transition to a new role within the Administration" on Wednesday.

Asked in Asia about the Ricardel incident, Pence said he has "great respect for her and her role".

An angry Donald Trump removed a senior advisor after his wife demanded her sacking, with more heads set to roll in a White House reshuffle triggered by infighting and setbacks in the midterm elections.

Despite the comments, Ricardel reported to work Wednesday. It was not immediately clear what her next position within the administration would be.

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