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National Security Aide Leaves White House After Melania Trump Called for Her Firing

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Ricardel will have a new role in the administration

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    Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel (left) and first lady Melania Trump (right).

    Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is leaving the White House, one day after first lady Melania Trump's office issued an extraordinary statement calling for her dismissal.

    No replacement has been named. Aides say Ricardel clashed with the first lady's staff over her visit to Africa last month.

    It is highly unusual for a first lady or her office to weigh in on personnel matters, especially the president's national security staff.

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Ricardel will have a new role in the administration.

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    Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of “The Case for Reparations,” testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee during a hearing on whether the United States should consider compensation for the descendants of slaves. 

    He delivered a rebuttal to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's comments that "no one currently alive was responsible for that," which Coates called a "strange theory of governance." 

    "Well into this century the United States was still paying out pensions to the heirs of civil war soldiers," he said. "We honor treaties that date back some 200 years despite no one being alive who signed those treaties. Many of us would love to be taxed for the things we are solely and individually responsible for. But we are American citizens and this bound to a collective enterprise that extends beyond our individual and personal reach."

    (Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019)

    On Tuesday, the first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, released 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."