Opinion | Melania Trump’s Assertive Move

To the Editor:

Re “First Lady, Flexing Political Muscle, Demands Removal of Aide” (front page, Nov. 14):

So much for the carefully crafted image of Melania Trump as a passive first lady. Since the beginning of her husband's presidency, Mrs. Trump has been almost a non sequitur in the topsy-turvy atmosphere of the Trump White House, where people, like the guests at Gatsby's parties, conduct “themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with an amusement park.”

But whether or not the first lady’s intervention in this controversy marks a new, more public role, no one in or outside the White House will ever take her for granted again.

John E. Stafford
Rye, N.Y.

To the Editor:

A spokeswoman for Melania Trump, speaking of Mira Ricardel, a deputy national security adviser, said, “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.”

I guess that I must have missed the coronation where Mrs. Trump was made queen. I’m surprised that she didn’t use the royal “we.”

Sandi Campbell
Siler City, N.C.

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