First lady's office, deputy national security adviser clash

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Melania Trump has publicly called for the deputy national security adviser to be dismissed, in an extraordinary move for a first lady.

According to The New York Times, Melania was offended by Ricardel disparaging two members of her staff that traveled to Africa with the firs lady last month, and Melania believed the adviser was spreading negative stories about the administration.

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A retired Marine Corps general, he has often been nicknamed "the adult in the room" during Trump's drama-prone administration, even if critics say he has done little to temper the president's most damaging outbursts.

Mrs Ricardel was hired away from the Department of Commerce by National Security Advisor John Bolton, and has decades of experience working in the United States government. The former transition official characterized Ricardel as "smart and tough", but acknowledged that she is not always effective at navigating "internal politics". It came after reports surfaced earlier Tuesday indicating Ricardel would be pushed out of her post after less than seven months on the job.

Nick Ayers, a 36-year-old chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence and renowned political consultant, is reportedly high on Trump's list as a replacement.

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Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director issued a statement around 2:30 p.m. saying the official, Mira Ricardel, should no longer serve as the NSC's No. 2.

Current and former colleagues of Ricardel paint a picture of a committed conservative and national security expert with a strong personality. Later she went on to do doctoral work at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

His position, tenuous for months, has been undermined further by First Lady Melania Trump's anger that Kelly refused to promote some of her aides, U.S. media reports say.

Ricardel was seen at an official White House event with the president as Grisham's statement was issued and was shown in a tweet that the president sent out after the event.

Some users attacked the first lady, going after her over her suspected lack of experience in national security matters which would justify her interference in White House hiring policy.

Another official was more forgiving: "She'd run through a brick wall for you but her personality isn't for everyone".