While Americans are used to President Donald Trump publicly lambasting members of his own administration, it seems one official has fallen out of favor with First Lady Melania Trump—and Mrs. Trump is making sure the public knows it.
The official in question is Deputy National Security Advisor Mira Ricardel, who reportedly had a dispute with the First Lady's staff during Mrs. Trump's recent visit to Africa.
Ricardel allegedly berated other White House officials and spread rumors about Secretary of Defense James Mattis, with whom she feuded.
While the First Lady is known for keeping a low profile, a statement from her office regarding Ricardel pulled no punches:
"It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that [Ricardel] no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House."
Nonetheless, many appear to be taking Ricardel's side.
@BBCWorld Could you imagine the response form the right if Michelle Obama had called for a member of the administra… https://t.co/lMbNMibH1h— SageRobinson (@SageRobinson)1542144890.0
@BBCWorld Serving this White House is no honor.— Paula Bradford (@Paula Bradford)1542145315.0
Others were left reeling at just how unprecedented the move of a President ousting a White House official at the demands of the First Lady would be.
@jdawsey1 Yahbut, who gave Melania the job that includes firing cabinet staff? I don't recall her job description i… https://t.co/xB3X6t0ica— HoldMyWine 🌊🌊🌊 (@HoldMyWine 🌊🌊🌊)1542147179.0
@Reuters Whether Ricardel should be ousted or not, since when does a FLOTUS offer her opinion on something like this??— Sandy Kay (@Sandy Kay)1542140205.0
@NBCNews Wait a minute! Can she do that? https://t.co/6Iu9ju7aiv— Bill Tzamaras🇺🇸🇬🇷 (@Bill Tzamaras🇺🇸🇬🇷)1542146191.0
"It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that (Ricardel) no longer deserves the honor of serving in this… https://t.co/szX7jcCJtN— Olga Lautman (@Olga Lautman)1542140278.0
And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
With the recent firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the impending removal of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as well as the mountains of other White House officials who have left or been forced out of the administration, many saw Ricardel's possible removal as yet another instance of musical chairs in the White House.
@jdawsey1 @wpjenna Nothing but chaos. Unbelievable.— Jon Elsen (@Jon Elsen)1542143661.0
@rebeccaballhaus Trump has purposely created a WH reality show where he is both the director and star and it airs d… https://t.co/gorHLZOzeJ— Wendy Wills (@Wendy Wills)1542140163.0
@NBCNews It seems there are more dismissals in this administration than on the Apprentice!!!— LauraAnderson (@LauraAnderson)1542148472.0
@olgaNYC1211 @MalcolmNance Next week: John Kelly is fired after Eric points at him and says “I wish you into the corn field”— Qs Supervisor (@Qs Supervisor)1542141891.0
The chaos of the Trump administration probably played a factor in people dismissing the statement from the First Lady's office calling it an "honor" to serve in the White House.
@jdawsey1 @Flotus understands the "honor of serving in this White House?" So many levels of irony there.— 𝙱𝚕𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐𝙷𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝❤️𝙻𝚒𝚋 🌊 (@𝙱𝚕𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐𝙷𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝❤️𝙻𝚒𝚋 🌊)1542143299.0
@jdawsey1 Honey, it's no honor to serve in THIS White House.— Secular Thanksgiving 🦃 (@Secular Thanksgiving 🦃)1542147161.0
@Reuters I don't know how much an honor it is to serve in the Trump WH.— Robert Marvin (@Robert Marvin)1542138039.0
Mrs. Trump's visit to Africa, where the feud allegedly reached new levels, was rebuked by many. The First Lady wore a colonial Pith helmet on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya—a move which was many rebuked, calling it ignorant and insensitive at best.
As the revolving doors of the White House could begin to turn again, many are left wondering who will be left in an administration that is so far right.