A top national security official reportedly is on her way out the door of the Trump administration, after President Donald Trump decided to fire her in part due to a disagreement she had with first lady Melania Trump over plane seats.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the story on Tuesday.
> According to WSJ, Trump is planning to oust Mira Ricardel, who currently serves as the top deputy for national security adviser John Bolton.
> WSJ’s sources claim that Ricardel got into a major fight with Melania Trump during the first lady’s recent trip to Africa.
> “The president became involved in that decision at the urging of first lady Melania Trump, whose staff battled with Ms. Ricardel during the first lady’s trip to Africa last month over seating on the plane and requests to use National Security Council resources,” the publication writes. “Ms. Ricadel also repeatedly clashed with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Pentagon team over staffing decisions and policy differences.”
The Journal also reported that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly — who has occasionally gone head-to-head with Melania as well — could soon find himself in the same position as Ricardel:
> “Kelly has also sparred with the East Wing over travel arrangements for the first lady’s staff,” NBC News reports. “He often wouldn’t reserve space for Melania Trump’s two aides on Air Force One or on helicopters. They would find themselves without hotel rooms and not listed for motorcade movements.”