It looks like Melania Trump might get her wish — John Bolton's No. 2 is reportedly set to be ousted at the White House

Win McNamee/Getty ImagesFirst Lady Melania Trump on Tuesday called for Mira Ricardel to be fired.
  • First Lady Melania Trump on Tuesday called for national security adviser John Bolton’s top deputy to be fired, and it looks like she’s about to get her wish.
  • Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is reportedly set to be fired.
  • The first lady was reportedly unhappy with how she’s been treated by Ricardel.
  • Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, on Tuesday told INSIDER, “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that [Ricardel] no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House.”

First lady Melania Trump on Tuesday called for national security adviser John Bolton’s top deputy to be fired, and it looks like she’s about to get her wish.

Multiple White House officials told The Wall Street Journal, however, they believe that the firing of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is immiment. Earlier reports suggested she had been escorted from the White House, which was denied by administration officials.

The first lady has reportedly been unhappy with how she’s been treated by Ricardel, particularly during Melania’s trip to Africa in October. Ricardel was apparently upset the first lady’s team didn’t have room for her on the plane for the trip and allegedly moved to block National Security Council resources for Melania’s travel.

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, on Tuesday told INSIDER, “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that [Ricardel] no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House.”


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The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported Ricardel is set to be ousted, and it seemed to be connected to the first lady’s discontentment with her. The Journal also reported that President Donald Trump plans to remove Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen.

Meanwhile, there are additional reports that White House chief of staff John Kelly’s position might be in jeopardy due to clashes he’s had with the first lady. But Grisham on Tuesday told INSIDER there is no bad blood between Kelly and Melania.

“Mrs. Trump has a very positive relationship with Chief Kelly and there have never been any issues between the two,” Grisham said.

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