While Bolton likes her, according to Trump administration officials, Ricardel is widely disliked among other White House staff. Ricardel had specifically butted heads with Mrs. Trump and her staff, notably over plans to include her on the first lady's trip to Africa in October. He said the situation involving Melania Trump and Ricardel is unlike anything he's ever seen in a White House.
The Department of Justice ruled on Wednesday that Mr Whitaker's appointment is in fact constitutional, but this will do little to calm claims that Trump's real goal is to defang the Russian Federation probe, which he describes as "a witch hunt".
Ms. Ricardel, an ally of national-security adviser John Bolton, began her service in the Trump administration as associate director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, then moved to the Commerce Department past year.
Despite the White House drama, Sanders said earlier in the day Wednesday that Ricardel remained on the job.
But her position had been tenuous for several days, with a White House official telling NBC News that she was "not long for this world" after a series of clashes with the first lady's office and with officials in the West Wing, including Kelly.
U.S. President Donald Trump's White House has set records for administration turnover.
Communications Director Bill Shine declined to elaborate on Ricardel's reassignment, telling reporters, 'The statement speaks for itself'.
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Sources said that Mrs Trump explicitly asked the president to oust Ms Ricardel after their dealings over the Africa trip "didn't go well".
She pulled resources before her journey, so the first lady's offices lacked logistic information and readily available policy documents under tensed security circumstances.
While Kelly supported efforts to remove the national security aide from the White House, he reportedly thought her departure was not handled well.
She recalled a famous incident when Nancy Reagan got Ronald Reagan's chief of staff Don Regan axed.
The White House press office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
However, Sanders would not say which position she will be moving into.
If they didn't, she said, "they certainly learned through this".