White House aide who said McCain is 'dying' still working

Frederick Owens
May 14, 2018

A White House staffer had made the comment in response to McCain's opposition to President Trump's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

The official, Kelly Sadler, was discussing McCain's opposition to Donald Trump's nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, Gina Haspel, when she allegedly claimed "it doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway".

Meghan McCain responded Friday to a White House staffer who joked about her father's brain cancer, saying her family was doing well but asking how the Trump administration could retain an employee who made such a remark.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Friday refused to confirm or deny what Sadler had said.

"People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration", former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said in a statement.

Sanders was asked repeatedly if President Trump bears responsibility for setting the tone in the White House.

McCain said that while he understands the urgency that drove the decision to resort to the so-called enhanced interrogation methods to keep the nation safe, it is also important that the methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency "must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world".

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"To say he's not a hero because he was a prisoner of war is stupid", Gerson added, alluding to President Trump's knock on McCain during the presidential campaign. "It happened yesterday", Biden said in a striking statement. "His legacy is so long that John McCain is a hero to us and. all of our thoughts and prayers are with John and his family right now at this time".

The White House issued a statement Thursday: "We respect Sen".

"They are bad", Mulvaney said of the comments on Cavuto Live.

She did not respond to requests for comment Thursday evening or Friday. McCain's has said his defiance of his captors was motivated by a loyalty to his fellow American prisoners of war.

The 81-year-old Arizona Republican, who has spent three decades in the Senate, was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Payne tweeted that McInerney's remark was "very false and derogatory" and "should have been challenged".

The confirmation vote for Haspel could be close. McCain acknowledged that Haspel is a patriot who has devoted her life to serving the country, but he pointed out that her role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is "disturbing".

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