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.
Could you imagine the response form the right if Michelle Obama had called for a member of the administration to be fired? pic.twitter.com/W5A1ot2ozO
— SageRobinson (@SageRobinson) November 13, 2018
Serving this White House is no honor.
— Paula Bradford (@pbrad22) November 13, 2018
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.
Yahbut, who gave Melania the job that includes firing cabinet staff? I don't recall her job description including anything other than "be best" or whatever.
— TerryInCA (@TerryPullBurd) November 13, 2018
Whether Ricardel should be ousted or not, since when does a FLOTUS offer her opinion on something like this??
— Sandy Kay (@sandykaykay) November 13, 2018
Wait a minute! Can she do that? pic.twitter.com/6Iu9ju7aiv
— Bill Tzamaras (@BillTzamaras) November 13, 2018
"It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that (Ricardel) no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House," first lady's comm director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement
Now Melania Trump is ordering a firing? https://t.co/ClTezRE0gs
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) November 13, 2018
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.