BREAKING: In Rare Move, Office of First Lady Publicly Calls For Firing of NSC Official – Update: SHE’S FIRED?
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is on the chopping block as rumors swirl of a cabinet shakeup.
But John Kelly isn’t the only one clashing with President Trump and the First Lady.
On Tuesday, in a rare and extraordinary move, the Office of First Lady released a statement on Deputy National Security Advisor, Mira Ricardel.
First Lady Melania’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement of Ms. Ricardel:
“It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,” Grisham said.
NBC reported that the First Lady also clashed with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
John Kelly, mired in conflicts with a widening array of officials from the National Security Council to the office of the first lady, may soon depart the Trump administration, according to seven people familiar with the discussions.
Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, is among those being considered for the job, three of the people said, though President Donald Trump has mused about other possible candidates.
Kelly’s time as chief of staff for most of the past year has been clouded by controversy and disagreements with Trump and various West Wing staff. But questions about his future in the White House recently became more serious after his repeated clashes with national security adviser John Bolton and his deputy, Ricardel.
Kelly has also gotten on the wrong side of Melania Trump over staffing issues and travel requests. Some of the disputes with the East Wing have escalated to the president, the seven people familiar with the clashes said.
According to reports, First Lady Melania Trump brought the issues to her husband earlier this year.
BREAKING: In an extraordinary statement from the Office of the First Lady, the office publicly declares its position that Deputy National Security Advisor Mira Ricardel “no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.” https://t.co/pwR9fpe1cR
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 13, 2018
A couple weeks ago, Jonathan Swan of Axios reported Mira Ricardel even managed to get on the wrong side of First Lady Melania. “Don’t give her long,” Mr. Swan said.
Re Mira Ricardel – I would love to know who she HASN’T clashed with. She’s developed more WH enemies in a quicker time than any previous admin official w possible exception of Rex’s chief Margaret Peterlin. Ricardel even managed to get on wrong side of FLOTUS! Don’t give her long pic.twitter.com/TVsAQrcp3A
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) October 26, 2018
BREAKING UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal is reporting Mira Ricardel was just fired.
*Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel Has Been Fired and Escorted From the White House: White House Official
*Ricardel Was Fired After Clash With First Lady, Official Said
*Ricardel Had Attended a White House Event to Celebrate Diwali, a Hindu Festival of Lights, This Afternoon With Trump
*Firing Comes After First Lady’s Office Said Ricardel ‘No Longer Deserves’ to Work in White House
But the White House is denying it…
A White House Correspondent for CNBC said, “A White House official just told reporters the WSJ story is not accurate. Says Mira Ricardel has not been fired or escorted off the grounds and is at her desk and still works at the WH now.”
A White House official just told reporters the WSJ story is not accurate. Says Mira Ricardel has not been fired or escorted off the grounds and is at her desk and still works at the WH now.
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) November 13, 2018
“I asked the official if Ricardel will still be sitting at her desk tomorrow. The official said: “I don’t know, will you guys be sitting in your booths tomorrow? We’ll see.”” Eamon Javers added.
This story is developing…please check back for updates.