Former first lady
Michelle Obama threw some shade at successor Melania Trump on Thursday’s “ Jimmy Kimmel Live!” ― but she was led into it by the late-night host.
“If you wanted to get someone in your husband’s administration fired, how would you do that?” Kimmel asked in the clip above. He presumably was referring to Melania Trump’s public call on Twitter for ousting deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel, who
was fired on Wednesday.
“Why do you ask?” Obama said coyly.
“Just curious, just wondering if somebody rubbed you the wrong way,” Kimmel replied.
“We had wonderful people in our administration,” said Obama, who’s on a tour promoting her new memoir
Kimmel didn’t let up, asking if she ever encountered such a situation.
“Not once,” she replied.
Melania Trump reportedly
had a beef with Ricardel over plane seating and the use of National Security Council resources. Ricardel also was suspected of unflattering leaks to the media.
The first lady’s unusual power play probably won’t be the last word on the massive turnover in President
Donald Trump’s administration. Three Trump Cabinet members ― chief of staff John Kelly, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ― are reportedly on the list of short-timers. Also on HuffPost Michelle Obama
First lady Michelle Obama eats a piece of broccoli as she sits down to eat with students during their visit to New Hampshire Elementary School, Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala, not shown, Wednesday, May 19, 2010, in Silver Spring, Md. The school, which was awarded the USDA's Healthier US School Challenge Silver Award in 2009, serves more than 400 Pre-K, Head Start, first and second grade students, many who come from Central America, South America, and other countries. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) stands with Karen Dudley (R), at her restaurant 'The Kitchen' as she makes an unscheduled stop for lunch in Cape Town, South Africa, on June 23, 2011. Founded in 1867 as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, and immigrants, the apartheid government in 1965 declared it 'white' and forcibly removed 60,000 residents and bulldozed their homes. US First Lady Michelle Obama kicks off the last leg of her South African tour in Cape Town today, when she will meet with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu. AFP PHOTO / AP / Charles Dharapak / POOL (Photo credit should read CHARLES DHARAPAK/AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, left, and Samantha Cameron, the wife of Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, hold up serving tongs towards the media as they serve food during a barbecue in the garden of 10 Downing Street in London, Wednesday, May 25, 2011. The barbecue Wednesday, where Cameron, U.S. President Barack Obama and their wives served food, was attended by members of the military from the UK and the U.S. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham-Pool)
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The first lady of the United States Michelle Obama, left, serves food for US soldiers and their relatives at Ramstein Airbase in Ramstein, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. Michelle Obama makes a series of stops within the Kaiserslautern Military Community on Veterans Day to thank US servicemen and women for their work. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 5: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama eats vegetable pizza after harvesting vegetables with local children from Bancroft and Tubman Elementary schools as they participate in the White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest, October 5, 2011 at the White House in Washington, DC. Michelle Obama planted the White House kitchen garden to help connect kids with the food they eat as part of her Let's Move! initiative. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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US First Lady Michelle Obama holds up a carrot as she gardens during a community service project at Vhuthilo Community Center in Soweto township, Johannesburg, South Africa, June 22, 2011. AFP PHOTO /Charles Dharapak / POOL (Photo credit should read CHARLES DHARAPAK/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01: First lady Michelle Obama takes a bite of a cookie she made while participating in an event at the White House on December 1, 2010 in Washington, DC. The first lady hosted the event to honor the military families who organize the Quantico and Anacostia branches of the Marine Corps Reserve annual Toys for Tots drive. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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US First Lady Michelle Obama joins children during their lunch at New Hampshire Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland on May 19, 2010. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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US First lady Michelle Obama holds a sweet patato during a fall harvest of the White House vegetable garden on October 29, 2009 in Washington, DC. The First Lady welcomedstudents from Bancroft Elementary and Kimball Elementary to the South Lawn of the White House for the Fall Harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden. AFP PHOTO / Tim Sloan (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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