It is no secret that President Trump values loyalty above all else. When he entered the White House, he brought his family with him to serve as his top advisors. Both first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner enjoy powerful positions within the administration.
The president’s family holds great sway over his decision making, especially when it comes to personnel issues. On Tuesday, first lady Melania Trump publicly called for an administration official to be removed from her position.
On Tuesday, the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said of National Security Adviser’s deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel, “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 clashed with Melania over her recent solo trip to Africa. The president has made clear that he intends to oust Ricardel, according to The Washington Post, the president promised his wife that he would get rid of Ricardel, demonstrating the power the first family has over presidential staffing decisions.
President Trump’s friend Thomas J. Barrack said in August, of the first lady’s influence over the president, “He listens to her more intently than anyone and respects her advice and counsel not only because she is his wife, but because her loyalty, grace, trust, elegance under fire, intellect and instincts are time-tested and proven.”
Melania is not the only Trump to hold sway over the president. Ivanka and Jared also provide significant influence over the president’s decisions. Ivanka and Jared are no fans of White House chief of staff John Kelly, the support replacing him with Vice President Pence’s chief of staff Nick Ayers.
Josh Dawsey tweeted writing, “Here’s the thing. Many in White House actively oppose Nick a Ayers as chief of staff and say they would leave. Jared, Ivanka are his main supporters and want Kelly gone. Will family win over others?”