US President Donald Trump is under pressure from his wife, Melania, to fire his deputy national security adviser over the way the US first lady’s trip to Africa was handled.
In an extraordinary move on Tuesday, Melania called publicly for deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel to be dismissed.
Two presidential aides said Trump was considering forcing her out, but as of Tuesday afternoon, the adviser remained in her White House office.
“It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,” Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman, said in a terse statement.
She gave no reason for why the first lady wanted Ricardel out but several sources close to the White House said it was related to Melania Trump’s trip to Africa in October.
While first ladies historically have been known to pressure their husbands over official business, they do not typically issue…