Washington: US First Lady Melania Trump has called for the ouster of Mira Ricardel, a senior national security advisor in the Trump administration, following a feud with members of Melania’s staff over the First Lady’s trip to Africa amongst other reasons.
Stephanie Grisham, Melania’s communications director stated, “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that (Ricardel) no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House.”
Quoting a White House official, CNN confirmed that US President Donald Trump has said that the senior aide will be relieved from her duties, without mentioning a date by which the exit would take place.
Grisham’s statement came on Tuesday (local time) at the same time that reports emerged about President Trump’s intent for a major White House rejig.
Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump’s secretary of the Department of Homeland Secretary may be asked to leave, which may be an indication for the exit of Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Nick Ayers, US Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff, is reportedly one of the frontrunners to replace Kelly, should there be an exit, according to CNN.