Melania Trump has publicly called for Ricardel, the deputy national security adviser to be dismissed. A move that is not common with the wives of the previous U.S. Presidents. Stephanie Grisham, who is Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, released a statement that “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.”
Ricardel wanted to travel to Africa with the first lady but was denied seating on the airplane because there was no room for her and some others, therefore, Ricardel then reportedly threatened not to send any National Security Council (NSC) staff. This among other things angered Melania.
In the past, Ricardel is also believed to have been spreading rumors and lies about things happening in the White House.