National Security Adviser Who Drew Ire of First Lady Melania Trump Grew Up in Pasadena

Published : Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 6:51 AM

Mira Ricardel

Senior national security adviser Mira Ricardel — who drew the ire of First Lady Melania Trump earlier this week and is now expected to be ousted by President Donald Trump — grew up in Pasadena.

The First Lady reportedly said Ricardel doesn’t “deserve the honor” of working at the White House — after a string of tense moments during Mrs. Trump’s recent trip to Africa.

Ricardel, who was raised as Mira Radielovic in Pasadena, is the daughter of Croatian immigrant Peter Radielovic, a survivor of the Bleiburg massacre,  and his wife Brittigia, who came to the U.S. in 1956 and settled in Pasadena.

Ricardel grew up speaking Croatian at home and spent a great deal of time involved in activities at a Croatian church in nearby Arcadia, according to multiple news outlets.

She was appointed as deputy national security advisor earlier this year by top National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Her public service began in 1986, working as a congressional affairs specialist and later as a deputy director for congressional affairs in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency at the U.S. Department of State. She served at the State Department until 1989.

During the last seven months, she has ruffled feathers both in the West and East Wings of the White House, according to media reports.

Current and former colleagues of Ricardel paint a picture of a committed conservative and national security expert with a strong personality. Others have described her as “ideologically driven and obstinate.”

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