Melania wants White House aide fired

Melania wants White House aide fired

Donald Trump's deputy national security adviser is reportedly set to be fired following a dispute with the first lady, Melania Trump.

First lady Melania Trump has publicly called for the ouster of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel in a remarkable rebuke of a senior official serving in her husband's administration.

Ricardel had battled with Melania Trump's staff during the first lady's trip to Africa last month, according to the Journal, with spats over seating on the plane and using National Security Council resources.

It marked a rare intervention on personnel matters by Melania Trump, who has otherwise maintained a relatively low profile as first lady.

Requests for comment sent to the White House and National Security Council were not immediately returned.

According to the same sources, which remain unnamed and therefore impossible to verify, Nielsen's departure is being delayed by her predecessor and the current White House chief of staff, John Kelly.

Kelly and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen are expected to be leaving the administration in the coming weeks, the Journal reported Tuesday morning.

Colleagues who've worked closely with Nielsen and defend her performance at DHS say working for Trump on immigration issues is miserable because the president has an unrealistic view of border security and little patience for the intricacies of US immigration law.

Ricardel's position has been tenuous for days, with one White House official telling NBC on Sunday that she was "not long for this world" after a series of clashes with the first lady's office and officials in the West Wing, including chief of staff John Kelly.

Kelly may be replaced with Nick Ayers, who is now chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, the report added.

On Tuesday, a reporter asked Mattis if he agreed with the first lady that Ricardel should leave the NSC.

Nielsen has reportedly been disgruntled with her job, as Trump has berated her during Cabinet meetings and branded her a "Bushie" months ago, as she used to serve under President George W. Bush.

Trump said he hadn't "heard about John Kelly" departing, but acknowledged any job at the White House is tiring. Kelly and Fuentes believe Ricardel was leaking negative stories about them to the press, the people said.

Mr. Trump said last week that "a lot of administrations make changes after midterms".

"I worked very hard to get President Trump elected", he said.

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