Keeping up the pace of rolling heads of senior White House staff in the Trump Administration, senior national security aide Mira Ricardel has been asked to leave, but this time the reason is not a faux at her job or social media, but First Lady Melania Trump. Ricardel is believed to have entered into confrontation with the first lady's staff during her trip to Africa last month.
On Tuesday the office of the First Lady had gone public saying, deputy national security advisor Mira Ricardel "no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House."
Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement, "Mira Ricardel will continue to support the President as she departs the White House to transition to a new role within the Administration".
"The President is grateful for Ricardel's continued service to the American people and her steadfast pursuit of his national security priorities,” Sanders added.
Ricardel was said to be close with John Bolton, the National Security Advisor. Ricardel had earlier served in previous Republican Administration. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she had joined the White House in May this year.
This is Trump's first firing after the mid-term elections which saw Democrats seize control of the House of Representatives, ending the Republicans' dominance of both chambers of Congress. The President is working on some major changes in his administration in the coming weeks.
Prior to Ricardel, Trump administration saw the exit of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley, WH counsel Don McGhan, Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin and 51 others.
(With inputs from PTI)