Mira Ricardel Transferred by Trump Administration

Mira Ricardel Transferred by Trump Administration

Meanwhile senior White House officials suspect Ricardel of leaking details of the administration to the press.

In a statement on Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that Mrs Ricardel "will continue to support the president". Ricardel was the third person to hold the post under his administration.

She said she gave the president "my honest advice and honest opinions and then he does what he wants to do".

However, Sanders would not say which position she will be moving into.

Bad blood between Ms Ricardel and Ms Trump and her staff continued for weeks after the trip, with the first lady privately arguing that the NSC's No 2 official was a corrosive influence in the White House and should be dismissed.

Melania Trump issued a statement on Tuesday saying that Ricardel should be removed from her position.

Most of it stems from a dispute between Ricardel and Mrs. Trump's staff over the first lady's trip to Africa last month, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in recent days to discuss a sensitive issue that has left bruised feelings in both the West Wing and the East Wing.

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Current and former colleagues of Ricardel paint a picture of a committed conservative and national security expert with a strong personality.

Ricardel served as the top aide to national security adviser John Bolton, who had resisted calls for her dismissal, according to Politico.

But Mrs. Trump's staff has often complained about what it has characterized as Kelly's dismissive attitude toward her team, NBC News reported Tuesday. Bob Dole when he was majority leader and she worked in the Commerce Department during the first year of the Trump administration.

"Do you think there's still people there that he can't trust?"

"She and the chief have a very positive working relationship", Stephanie Grisham, communications director for the first lady, told The Washington Times in an email.

Pushing back against the idea of there being any division between her and Donald Trump, she said that infidelity allegations against him were not "a concern".

Mr. Kelly, who has held the high-pressure post for almost 16 months, is facing renewed speculation about his job security amid reports of tension between the West Wing and Mrs. Trump's office over staffing issues.

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