SO? Michelle Obama Says Melania Trump Never Asked Her For Advice

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speaks in front of a newly fortified border wall structure Friday Oct. 26 2018 in Calexico Calif

"It is the position of the office of the first lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House", Melania's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement to the media in response to inquires about validity of the beef.

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security declined to comment on Nielsen's potential departure.

Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel, right, watches as U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a Diwali ceremonial lighting of the Diya in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Washington.

"She can be a knife fighter", one source described as "close" to Melania tells the Daily Beast.

Ricardel had argued with Melania Trump about her trip to Africa last month, her first solo trip overseas without the president, three current and two former administration officials told The Washington Post in a report published Tuesday.

"The people who think they can go in and control things are nuts", the official explained.

It was those sharp elbows that sources said led to the first lady's stinging statement, with Ricardel most recently feuding with members of the first lady's staff over her trip to Africa. It came after reports surfaced earlier Tuesday indicating Ricardel would be pushed out of her post after less than seven months on the job.

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Mira Ricardel is the White House deputy national security adviser. Before her marriage to Vincent Ricardel, she was married to Robert Baratta.

One of the sources familiar with the mood at the White House said tensions began building to a crisis point about a month ago and serious efforts were made to defuse the dispute.

Bolton and Ricardel allegedly believe that Mattis is not "ideologically aligned" with Trump, according to Foreign Policy magazine, which quoted a former official saying that the two were trying "to build the sense that he is done for".

Ricardel also had a fraught relationship with Kelly and Fuentes, according to people familiar with the matter.

White House officials were generally aware of the tensions between Ricardel and the first lady's office stemming from the Africa trip, but were stunned to see the first lady take such a public stance against a senior staffer through her spokeswoman. The former transition official characterized Ricardel as "smart and tough", but acknowledged that she is not always effective at navigating "internal politics".

Colleagues who've worked closely with Nielsen and defend her performance at DHS say working for Trump on immigration issues is miserable because the president has an unrealistic view of border security and little patience for the intricacies of USA immigration law.

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