We’re used to First Lady Melania Trump being the picture of class & elegance what with her stunning outfits & the graceful way about her, but this time we see Melania Trump, the protective mama bear boss lady.
Reports emerged that deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel feuded with Melania’s staff during her trip to Africa. Ricardel is also suspected of leaking negative stories about the first lady.
Melania’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, released a statement that said:
“It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that [Ricardel] no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.”
The Wall Street Journal originally reported that Ricardel had been fired & escorted from the White House, but the reporter walked it back after the WH disputed the firing.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Ricardel is still expected to be fired, though.
“First Lady Melania Trump took the extraordinary step of making a public call for the president to fire one of his national security advisors.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the first lady’s office was out for blood after Mira Ricardel argued with the East Wing about seating assignments on Melania’s plane ride to Africa and assistance from the National Security Council.
A top aide to National Security Advisor John Bolton, she is also a suspected leaker of negative information, sources told WSJ.
WSJ reported that she had been escorted out of the building later on Tuesday.
But a senior White House official told DailyMail.com the claim was inaccurate.
‘This did not happen. She is still here at the WH,’ the official said in an email.
The Wall Street Journal had to clean up its reporting after the fact, with the author of the report explaining in a tweet that she’s expected to be fired but is still at her desk.
Melania’s office declined to go into detail on the record but bluntly told ABC News that it wanted Ricardel gone.
‘It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,’ said spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.
A West Wing official slapped back, telling CNBC in response: ‘The East Wing speaks for the East Wing.’
The person couldn’t say whether Ricardel would still be on the job the next day, but affirmed that she still works at the White House.
She had been seen standing near Trump at a Diwali ceremony earlier in the day in the Roosevelt Room.
Melania was meanwhile tweeting about her ‘Be Best’ campaign and how for ‘World Kindness Day’ she’d surprised tourists at the White House in a twist of irony following the public knifing of Ricardel.”
On this #WorldKindnessDay I had fun surprising visitors to the @WhiteHouse! Thank you to all who come through and visit this magnificent home. #BeBest pic.twitter.com/vhwBGk31pv
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 13, 2018
Fox News also reported:
“The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Ricardel had clashed with Melania Trump’s staff over seating arrangements on a plane during the first lady’s trip to Africa last month. The paper added that the first lady’s office suspects Ricardel of leaking negative stories about the first lady and her staff.
The Journal also reported that Ricardel has sparred with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis over policy differences and staffing decisions. The Washington Post, citing three current and two former White House officials, reported that Ricardel had berated people in meetings and spread rumors about Mattis. The paper also reported that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has sought Ricardel’s ouster for months.
Ricardel, 58, assumed the post of deputy national security adviser in May, one month after Trump appointed John Bolton as national security adviser to replace Henry McMaster.”
Melania’s an amazing first lady & this should be a lesson to all… Don’t get on her bad side!
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