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Melania makes a power move

Melania makes a power move

by digby

And in the process screws over John Bolton. Maybe her cluelessness is a virtue at this point:

The president has also decided to remove Mira Ricardel, the top deputy for national security adviser John Bolton, officials said. A National Security Council spokeswoman declined to comment.

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, according to people familiar with the matter.

The first lady’s team told the president that they suspect Ms. Ricardel is behind some negative stories about Ms. Trump and her staff.

Ms. Ricardel also repeatedly clashed with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Pentagon team over staffing decisions and policy differences, according to people familiar with the feud. That discord has created a chill in relations between Ms. Ricardel and Defense Department officials wary of her intentions, these people say.

Ms. Ricardel has served as a vital ally for Mr. Bolton as he settled into his West Wing role after taking the national security job in April. Mr. Bolton lost another loyalist last month when his longtime friend, Fred Fleitz, stepped down after serving just six months as chief of staff and executive secretary for the National Security Council.


This comes o n the heels of news today that Kirstjen Neilsen and John Kelly are both on the way out, Kelly also because of clashes with Melania. (Who really knows about Kelly? He's been rumored to be out since the day he got there.)

We knew they were going to clean house. What we don't know is who is coming in to replace them. And it seems that the First Lady is becoming a player in all this. Great.

Be best, Melania.