Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel forced out of White House

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie speaks during the National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington Va. Sunday Nov. 11 2018

"It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House", Melania Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

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

Mrs Trump also confirmed there were still some untrustworthy people working there. The former transition official characterized Ricardel as "smart and tough", but acknowledged that she is not always effective at navigating "internal politics". While first ladies historically have been known to pressure their husbands over official business, they do not typically issue statements about it.

In an interview with ABC News during the five-day trip to Ghana, Mali, Kenya and Egypt last month, the first lady said there are people in the White House whom she and the president can not trust.

The statement came shortly after reports circulated that Trump had chose to remove Ricardel from her post at the National Security Council.

Grisham's statement was issued shortly after that event ended. Before her marriage to Vincent Ricardel, she was married to Robert Baratta. The official declined to speculate further about Ricardel's future in the administration.

Ricardel has also built a reputation in the White House for berating staff, several sources said.

The paper added that the first lady's office suspects Ricardel of leaking negative stories about the first lady and her staff. One source familiar with the situation said Ricardel's firing is due in part to her "bullying" of aides both above and below her.

The dispute made it hard for Ricardel to land in a top post in the Trump administration, though she was ultimately tapped for the position of undersecretary of commerce for export administration.

Ricardel, 58, assumed the post of deputy national security adviser in May, one month after Trump appointed John Bolton as national security adviser to replace H.R. McMaster.

The National Security Council (NSC) had no immediate comment.

The drama surrounding Ricardel's possible ouster surfaced while Bolton was half a world away in Singapore, where he is attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit. And Pentagon officials have said privately they believe Ricardel had a hand in spreading rumours this year about Mattis falling from favour with the White House and perhaps departing.

Ricardel has made few friends since she came on board in April, clashing with officials across the administration.

Obama said Former First Lady Laura Bush had extended the same offer to her in 2008 when she was the incoming first lady, but didn't say whether she had sought advice from Bush once she was in office.

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