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Trump is firing a top national security official for fighting with Melania over plane seats: report

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A new report from the Wall Street Journal claims that President Donald Trump is firing a top national security official at least in part because she got into a fight with First Lady Melania Trump over plane seats.

According to WSJ, Trump is planning to oust Mira Ricardel, who currently serves as the top deputy for national security adviser John Bolton.

WSJ’s sources claim that Ricardel got into a major fight with Melania Trump during the first lady’s recent trip to Africa.

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“The president became involved in that decision at the urging of first lady Melania Trump, whose staff battled with Ms. Ricardel during the first lady’s trip to Africa last month over seating on the plane and requests to use National Security Council resources,” the publication writes. “Ms. Ricadel also repeatedly clashed with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Pentagon team over staffing decisions and policy differences.”

Ricardel is not the only White House staff member who’s been feuding with the first lady, either.

Sources tell NBC News that Melania has also regularly gotten into fights with chief of staff John Kelly.

“Kelly has also sparred with the East Wing over travel arrangements for the first lady’s staff,” NBC News reports. “He often wouldn’t reserve space for Melania Trump’s two aides on Air Force One or on helicopters. They would find themselves without hotel rooms and not listed for motorcade movements.”

Trump forced the resignation last week of Attorney General Jeff Sessions just one day after his party suffered devastating losses in the 2018 midterm elections. Although a mass shakeup at the Trump White House has been rumored for months, the president has so far been slower to make other changes besides the ouster of Sessions.

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Texas bar owner bans masks to prevent ‘virtue signaling’ – and kickstarts an online firestorm

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A bar owner in Elgin, Texas, has implemented a new rule for his business: no entry with a mask.

“Due to our concern for our citizens, if they feel the need to wear a mask, then they should probably stay home until it’s safe," read a sign posted outside Liberty Tree Tavern.

Speaking to 9News, bar owner Kevin Smith said he's following social distancing guidelines so the masks are unnecessary.

The bar's Facebook page shared an article on the story, and the comment section filled up with a mix of reactions.

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With Trump-aligned votes as ‘anvil around her neck,’ Susan Collins down 9 points to likely Dem challenger

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The four-term Republican senator from Maine who presents herself as a centrist has faced national criticism for her votes during the Trump administration.

New poll results released in a Bangor Daily News column Thursday shows Democratic Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon leading Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins by nine points—just the latest sign that the November election could deny Collins a fifth term.

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The ‘Lincoln Project’ group that infuriated Trump is now setting its sights on McConnell with new ‘Rich Mitch’ ad

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The anti-Trump super PAC headed by current and ex-Republican strategists that has made viral waves with its videos attacking President Trump is now turning its sights towards Mitch McConnell, Morning Consult reports.

The Lincoln Project dropped a new ad this Thursday, calling McConnell "rich Mitch," contrasting his wealth with the financial hardships of citizens in his state of Kentucky. According to the Morning Consult, the ad "does not attempt to directly tie McConnell to Trump, instead only nodding to the president in passing photos alongside the majority leader."

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