National Security Aid to Be Fired After Melania Trump's Public Call

Hannah Rogers
November 14, 2018

The statement follows a Wall Street Journal report that President Trump chose to remove Ricardel "at the urging of Mrs. Trump", in the Wall Street Journal's words.

What's different this time around is that the office of First Lady Melania Trump made a decision to attack a member of the White House staff on the record and in no uncertain terms. She reportedly discussed the issue with the president during their recent trip to Paris, during which Trump told his wife he would have Ricardel removed. When CNBC reporter Eamon Javers tried to get a statement from a White House official about the first lady's statement, that official responded by saying "the East Wing speaks for the East Wing".

"The NSC is coordinating across government agencies to implement the President's agenda, including with the Defense Department under the leadership of General Mattis, for whom I have great respect", she said in an October 16 statement to Task & Purpose.

"The secretary is honoured to lead the men and women of DHS and is committed to implementing the President's security-focused agenda to protect Americans from all threats and will continue to do so", said Tyler Houlton, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman, in response to an ABC News report about the possible staff changes.

"I don't comment on other people's staffing issues", Mattis replied. Earlier this year, she pushed back on a New York Times report that she drafted a resignation letter but did not submit it, after Trump scolded her at a Cabinet meeting.

"Well", she said, "some people, they don't work there anymore".

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The bags were then transferred to a vehicle belonging to the Consulate to transport them to the outside of the diplomatic mission. Saudi officials said initially that Khashoggi had left the consulate, later saying he died in an unplanned "rogue operation".

In an extraordinary move, Melania Trump called publicly Tuesday for the deputy national security adviser to be dismissed.

Kelly has apparently also drawn the first lady's scorn over travel requests and reportedly denied her repeated requests to promote several aides. Already, the president asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign.

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.

The President loved her performance - especially when she said there was no administration policy on separations.

A Trump administration top national security official is reportedly also on the firing list, for reasons that appear to have nothing to do with national security.

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