Melania Trump calls for firing of national security official

Clay Curtis
November 14, 2018

Ricardel was still in the White House Tuesday, the Journal reported.

First lady Melania Trump is calling for the ouster of Deputy National Security Advisor Mira Ricardel. Some in the first lady's office also accused Ricardel of leaking damaging stories about Melania Trump. Ricardel has also reportedly been at odds with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Trump has told White House officials he has begun contemplating replacements for Nielsen.

For all of the talk of churn, Trump often expresses frustration with aides and then does not take action.

President Trump has reportedly concluded that he will eventually replace Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen but according to The Journal had not decided on when.

If Ricardel is in fact ousted from her position, it would reflect a large shift in stability for Bolton, as well: CNN reports that Ricardel has served a key role in Bolton's efforts to secure his position as an "influential adviser to the President on all foreign matters".

Two presidential aides said Trump was considering forcing out deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel, but as of Tuesday afternoon, the adviser remained in her West Wing office.

Turkey 'patiently' waiting for Saudi insights into killing
Nonetheless, the recording is "still not irrefutable evidence of his involvement in the death" of Khashoggi, the Times reported . A reporter asked Trudeau at a press conference in Paris , France if "Canadian agents have heard these recordings".

A smiling Ricardel had a prominent spot at the front of the room at a White House celebration marking Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump has chose to replace Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in the coming weeks after becoming increasingly frustrated with her performance on immigration enforcement. "An earlier headline incorrectly said she already had been fired and escorted from the White House".

An NSC spokesman, Garrett Marquis, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't respond to requests for comment on Grisham's statement.

Now it's alleged the American leader wants someone with a more aggressive attitude to curtailing immigration but with no deputy secretary since April, Nielsen's responsibilities could land in Claire M. Grady's lap.

She got into heated discussions with Trump and White House aides several times over immigration, as she sought to explain the complicated legal challenges behind immigration law and push for a more diplomatic approach.

If Kelly were to leave, sources say the president has been advised to bring in someone with more political experience in preparation for the 2020 re-election campaign, like Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence.

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