Trump Dispenses With National Security Adviser Criticized by the First Lady

Trump Dispenses With National Security Adviser Criticized. The confirmation comes a day after First Lady Melania Trump’s office issued a startling statement asking Ricardel to leave the White House

Trump Dispenses With National Security Adviser Criticized

The White House announced Wednesday the departure of Mira Ricardel, Deputy National Security Adviser to President Donald Trump, a day after the office of the first lady, Melania Trump, openly requested her dismissal.

“Mira Ricardel will continue to support the President by leaving the White House and embarking on a transition to a new position within the Government,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

“The President is grateful for Mrs. Ricardel’s constant service to the American people and for the steadfast defense of her national security priorities,” the spokeswoman added.

Sanders did not specify what will be the new position of Ricardel, who until now was the “number two” of Trump’s National Security Adviser, John Bolton, and occupied as such an outstanding role in the debates on foreign policy in the Government.

Stephanie Grisham, the director of communication for Melania Trump, issued a statement Tuesday saying that, in the opinion of the first lady, Ricardel “no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.”

According to several media outlets, Ricardel confronted the First Lady’s staff about an issue related to Melania’s trip to Africa, which occurred in October.

The newspaper The Wall Street Journal said Melania suspected also that Ricardel had leaked negative stories about her and her team to the media.

The newspaper also noted that the advisor had had problems with the Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, for “political differences.”

Ricardel, 58, took over as assistant National Security Advisor in May, a month after Trump appointed Bolton to replace General HR McMaster.

The unprecedented request of the First Lady came amid rumors that indicate that Trump would be considering firing his chief of staff, John Kelly, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, among others.

 

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