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Thursday 15 Nov 2018 01.46 PM

Melania forces exit of WH aide

Melania Trump, White House

Washington : A senior national security aide to US President Donald Trump was forced to depart the White House on Wednesday, a day after the First Lady Melania Trump sought her exit. 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 is believed to have entered into confrontation with the first lady's staff during her trip to Africa last month. She 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. PTI

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