POLITICS 12/13/2018 09:27 pm ET The 20 percent slide hits the lowest level of the year for the first lady, according to the CNN survey. By Mary Papenfuss First lady Melania Trump’s favorability rating fell a substantial 11 percentage points in just two months, according to the latest CNN poll. Only 43 percent of those surveyed earlier this month said they had a favorable opinion of the first lady, compared with 54 percent in early October, according to the poll released Thursday. That’s a drop of 20 percent. The December numbers marked Melania Trump’s lowest favorability standing of the year. It was also her second-lowest percentage since shortly before President Donald Trump took office, when only 36 percent of those surveyed had a favorable opinion of her. Fewer non-whites, younger people, women and those with college degrees had a favorable opinion of the first lady than whites, men, those over 45 years old and people without college degrees, … [Read more...] about Melania Trump’s Positive Poll Numbers Plunge By Double Digits In New Survey
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CNN contributor Joan Walsh attacked Melania Trump on air Wednesday, saying that the first lady “continues to whine,” and claimed that she was getting favorable treatment compared to her predecessor Michelle Obama. “Sometimes she spins things, or her people spin things, that she’s trying to be a good or a better influence,” Walsh said.She continued, “I don’t know about that–but the thing that struck me about that interview, you know, again, she continues to whine about a situation that she’s part of, and it’s a great honor to be first lady.” “And I’m sure privately you’re allowed to grouse, but you know, if Michelle Obama had done half the complaining that she has done in her limited interviews–she doesn’t do many — she’d be skewered.” “There’s just like a constant sort of pity party when [Melania] gets in front of a microphone,” Walsh added. CNN … [Read more...] about CNN’s Joan Walsh Attacks Melania Trump — She ‘Continues to Whine’ Unlike Michelle Obama
WHITE HOUSE adviser Mira Ricardel has been fired from her post after falling out with Melania Trump. Let’s take a closer look at the former deputy security aide and her feud with the First Lady. Who is Mira Ricardel? Ricardel has been described as a committed conservative who has decades of experience working in the US government, according to reports. She is said to not “suffer fools” and has worked in the defence department in three Republican administrations. The California-born adviser was in the Department of Commerce when she was hired by National Security Advisor John Bolton. According to CNN, one former colleague described her as “obstinate.” Why did she fall out with Melania? Ricardel’s sacking came days after Melania said the adviser "no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House". The pair fell out during the First Lady’s tour of Africa in October, according to reports. They reportedly rowed over seating arrangements … [Read more...] about Who is Mira Ricardel and why did Melania Trump want her fired from the White House?
POLITICS 11/14/2018 07:28 pm ET Mira Ricardel reportedly tangled with the first lady over seating on a plane and the proper use of National Security Council resources. By Ryan Grenoble Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel has been fired, barely 24 hours after first lady Melania Trump publicly called for her dismissal. Melania Trump reportedly made the unprecedented request in response to a squabble with Ricardel over seating on a plane during the first lady’s trip to Africa last month and over the first lady’s staff’s attempt to use National Security Council resources. Not helping her case, CNN notes the adviser was also suspected of leaking unflattering stories about Trump officials she viewed as opponents and had a reputation for being brusque. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the news to reporters in a statement Wednesday evening. “Mira Ricardel will continue to support the President as she … [Read more...] about National Security Aide Fired 1 Day After Melania Trump Called For Her Dismissal
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary move, Melania Trump is publicly calling for the dismissal of a top White House National Security Council official.After reports circulated Tuesday that the president had decided to remove Mira Ricardel from the NSC, the first lady's spokeswoman issued a statement saying: "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 is national security adviser John Bolton's deputy.The Wall Street Journal reported that the first lady's staff and Ricardel clashed during Mrs. Trump's visit to Africa in October over such things as seating on the plane and requests to use the council's resources.Ricardel attended a White House ceremony Tuesday with President Donald Trump celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.RELATED: See photos of Melania Trump in France: 27 PHOTOS Melania Trump in France See Gallery Melania Trump in France WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER … [Read more...] about Melania Trump publicly calls for top White House aide’s firing