“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 Becoming.
Kimmel didn’t let up, asking if she ever encountered such a situation.
“Not once,” she replied.
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.