US President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton has named Croatian-American Mira Ricardel, currently the undersecretary of commerce for export administration, as deputy national security advisor.
Mira Ricardel has been a strong Trump supporter, having worked on the president’s 2016 campaign and participated in the transition following his election.
Ricardel, 58, was raised in Pasadena, California. Her father, Petar, was an immigrant from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She learned to speak Croatian at home, a skill that proved to be an asset when she was a legislative assistant to Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole of Kansas. She helped translate for the senator on trips to the Balkans in the late 1990s. Ricardel has a B.S. in international relations and national security from Georgetown University. She later attended Tufts University as a graduate student.
Richardel has served at the State Department, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Commerce. She also worked in the private sector in the mid-2000s, holding a VP of business development position at Boeing’s Strategic Missile and Defense Systems division.
On Trump’s transition team, Richardel was in charge of appointments to the Defense Department. There she clashed with James Mattis, the current secretary of defence, who is rumoured to have fallen out of favour with the administration. She is the highest ranked Croatian-American in the Trump administration.
Source: HRT, AllGov, Foreign Policy