Trump aide Ricardel forced out after showdown with first lady

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Mira Ricardel is the White House deputy national security adviser.

A day after Melania Trump publicly called for her to leave the White House, Deputy National Security Advisor Mira Ricardel has been moved to another, unspecified job in the administration.

National security adviser John Bolton, who was in Singapore when news of Ricardel's dismissal broke, said when he tapped her to be his deputy in April that she "has a track record of successfully managing teams and diverse organizations, as well as addressing complex issues".

She previously served as acting assistant secretary for global security policy under former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

According to the New York Times, Ricardel had accused some of Trump's most trusted aides of inappropriate behavior which the first lady said were false claims.

She earned a reputation as an enforcer and fierce bureaucratic infighter, clashing with White House chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Sources said that Mrs Trump explicitly asked the president to oust Ms Ricardel after their dealings over the Africa trip "didn't go well". It was not immediately clear what her next position within the administration would be.

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Ricardel threatened to withhold National Security Council resources for the trip unless she or another NSC staffer were included in the first lady's entourage, according to a person familiar with the matter.

On Tuesday, Melania Trump sought her removal.

"It's not unusual" for a first lady to weigh in on a president's staff, said Kate Andersen Brower, author of "First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies".

CNN reported that the first lady's statement caught the president off guard and that he was "furious" she put him in this position.

While first ladies historically have been known to pressure their husbands over official business, they do not typically issue statements about it. Regan, however, eventually got some revenge: He used his memoir to talk about how Mrs. Reagan used an astrologer to help set the president's schedule.

Spending many of one's formative years in the Eastern Bloc and then thriving in the greatest democracy on Earth brings with it an insight that is invaluable in any setting, especially the White House.

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