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    Melania Trump Wades Into White House Staff Shake-Up

    The first lady suggested Mira Ricardel, a deputy national security adviser, be fired after Ricardel reportedly clashed with members of Trump’s staff during a trip to Africa last month. In an extraordinary statement, spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said Tuesday the first lady believes Ricardel “no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.” As of Wednesday morning, it was unclear whether Ricardel had been fired. The news accompanied speculation that chief of staff John Kelly, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke may soon be fired.

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