A feud with the first lady's office is expected to cost a senior national security adviser her job after she sparred with East Wing staff and other key members of the Trump administration.
The dispute spilled into public view in extraordinary fashion on Tuesday when the first lady's office released a statement calling for deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel's ouster as reports surfaced that President Donald Trump would fire the official.
A White House official confirmed to CNN that Trump has told people that Ricardel will be fired. But the official said she has been given some time to clear out her desk. It was not immediately clear when she would officially make her exit.
"It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that (Ricardel) no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House," the first lady's communications director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement amounted to a stunning public rebuke by a first lady of a senior official serving in her husband's administration. It came after reports surfaced earlier Tuesday indicating Ricardel would be pushed out of her post after less than seven months on the job.
Neither Ricardel nor spokespeople for the National Security Council responded to CNN requests for comment.
Ricardel was one of John Bolton's Mustache's sidekicks on Trump's National Security Council. The fight apparently started when Ricardel's staff accompanied Melania Trump's staff on her utter failure of a goodwill trip to Africa last month, and quickly devolved into an episode of House of Cards.
Not that I'm sad to see of the Mustache's minions get the boot, but Bolton will just replace Ricardel with somebody worse. The bigger problem is apparently DOnald Trump is willing to fire anyone to keep his wife happy. I'm trying to recall Michelle Obama being this much of a Disney villain, and of course she isn't and never was. Lord knows if she had publicly hung up a head on her mantle like this, official Washington would have gone bonkers calling her names.
I don't expect anyone to do the same to Melania Trump. At least, not to her face.
Methinks Ricardel won't be Melania's last head on a pike, either. I wonder how much exposure she has to the whole Mueller probe.