Trump intends to fire several White House officials
Washington - November 14, 2018
President Donald Trump is allegedly considering high-level staff changes throughout his administration—including discussing potential replacements for White House Chief of Staff John Kelly—as the West Wing prepares for the start of the final two years of the president’s first term in office.
The presidential administration explains it as a so-called shake-up of the White House in general.
At the same time, for some reason, the administration is avoiding direct answers about why Trump has decided to shake-up the White House now, and why it affected Kelly and three other officials after a quarrel with Melania.
The first domino in the latest shake-up is likely to be the removal of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who is a close ally of Kelly, White House officials said.
The president has decided to replace Nielsen, but hasn’t finalized the timing, White House officials said, in part because there isn’t an obvious candidate to replace her. It's only known that this is done at the urging of the First Lady.
Trump has told aides that he is aware that forcing out Nielsen may result in Kelly quitting, administration officials said. He told these aides that he is resigned to the possibility of Kelly leaving and that he probably will replace Kelly with Nick Ayers, who is currently Chief of Staff to Vice President Mike Pence.
White House officials also cautioned that Trump has considered changes to the administration in the past. The president often games out multiple staffing scenarios with advisers, including months of talking about whether to replace Kelly. While those discussions often signal impending changes, that is not always the case.
Another person who may lose his post is Mira Ricardel, assistant to the President's National Security Adviser, John Bolton.
Melania Trump had a conflict with her when allegedly the network got information discrediting the honor of the First Lady. As for the Minister of Internal Security, she supports the White House head apparatus in this situation. In addition, the President is unhappy that Kirsten Nielsen has ceased to take an active part in solving the crisis on the border with Mexico.
According to available information, the conflict between the First Lady and John Kelly arose long ago. The White House Chief of Staff has repeatedly obstructed the advancement of people who are among Melania Trump's aides.
Kelly asserted that the administration does not have enough vacant positions, while promoting his closest employees at the same time. In addition, the official regularly deprived the First Lady of assistance on board Air Force One and the presidential helicopter. These actions have sown enmity between Melania and the administration head.
According to some reports, Trump is most dissatisfied with the fact that he has to intervene in the conflict between a high-ranking official and his wife. The President allegedly asked John Kelly not to interfere with the initiatives of the First Lady and accept the current state of affairs.
As for John Bolton's assistant, the situation there looks even sadder. Melania Trump’s Press Secretary previously called publicly to sack Ricardel.
"This man no longer deserves the honor of serving in the White House," the Press Secretary said. It is believed that the differences emerged during Melania's trip to Africa.