White House Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel Faces Exit

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel, right, watches as President Donald Trump arrives for a Diwali ceremonial lighting of the Diya in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Washington.

Changes are also being contemplated for the National Security Council as Trump chose to remove Mira Ricardel, the top deputy for National Security Adviser John Bolton, according to the report.

The sources said the dispute between the first lady and the Deputy National Security Adviser intensified over a trip Ms Trump made to Africa in October.

During a panel discussion Tuesday, host Jake Tapper cited a Wall Street Journal report that revealed the only people who feel secure in their jobs at the White House are related to the president.

The president was reportedly considering replacements for the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, and Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of the department of homeland security.

"There have been instances where the East Wing staff were not treated as equals to the male-dominated decision makers in Chief Kelly's office", a White House official told the network.

A White House official accused Ricardel of being dishonest about the feud and subsequently leaking stories to try to cover her behavior. While first ladies historically have been known to pressure their husbands over official business, they do not typically issue statements about it.

The first lady reportedly feuded with Ms Ricardel during her tour of Africa in October, according to U.S. media. Ricardel then joined the National Security Council as Bolton's deputy in April after he was named national security adviser.

In an interview with ABC News during the five-day trip to Ghana, Mali, Kenya and Egypt last month, the first lady said there are people in the White House whom she and the president can not trust.

"It's been frayed for a long time", the source said, cautioning Trump could again change his mind on the matter.

Still, Trump is said to have blamed her for a rebound in the number of people arrested at the Mexican border this year. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders had no immediate reaction to Melania Trump's statement.

Trump is also considering replacing Kelly, an ardent defender of Nielsen, with Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, the Reuters source said.



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