White House Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel Faces Exit

Hugh Fox
November 14, 2018

The deputy national security adviser and top aide to national security adviser John Bolton was subject Tuesday to reports of her potential ouster from the White House, and even a declaration by first lady Melania Trump that the deputy adviser no longer deserved to serve.

"It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House", Melania Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert looked at the latest intrigue inside the White House of President Donald Trump as deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is reportedly going to be fired.

Mrs. Trump is very protective of her husband and is considered to be an influential adviser, as many first ladies have been with their spouses. In what was probably the highest-profile such incident, President Ronald Reagan ousted his chief of staff Donald Regan in 1987 after he crossed Nancy Reagan. She is calling for the firing of a top national security aide. However, she is supposedly reluctant to leave the post before reaching the one-year mark.

But sources say she could fall victim to the president's frustration that his immigration agenda has stalled.

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The National Security Council (NSC) had no immediate comment.

But General Kelly's future in the administration is also shaky, according to three White House officials.

Wall Street Journal reporter Michael C. Bender had reported Tuesday afternoon Ricardel had been fired and escorted out of the White House.

The announcement could come as soon as this week, the officials said. The Straits Times reports that Ricardel has "sort of alienated everyone" in the NSC staff except for Bolton.

Trump also told allies that he never fully trusted Nielsen, whom he associated with President George W. Bush, a longtime foe.

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White House officials were generally aware of the tensions between Ricardel and the first lady's office stemming from the Africa trip, but were stunned to see the first lady take such a public stance against a senior staffer through her spokeswoman.

Kirstjen Nielsen, 46, a close ally of Mr Kelly, heads the sprawling department that oversees border security as well as disaster management, anti-terrorism, immigration and customs.

More rumblings of a post-election shake-up up emanated from the White House on Tuesday with jobs of another Cabinet secretary and the president's chief of staff in jeopardy.

Nielsen also moved to abandon longstanding regulations that dictate how long children are allowed to be held in immigration detention, and requested bed space from the USA military for some 12,000 people in an effort to detain all families who cross the border.

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