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White House Refusing To Apologize For "Joke" About John McCain

14 May, 2018, 04:11 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Sanders: Aide's McCain comment shouldn't have been leaked

Sadler - a special assistant in the White House communications department - reportedly mocked McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017, during a White House meeting over his announcement that he would not support President Donald Trump's pick for CIA director, citing her role in the agency's torture program years earlier.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lambasted the communications team Friday over leaking details of a White House staffer's reported mockery of Arizona Sen.

The McCain family responded on Friday to a tasteless comment about Sen.

The White House had released a more supportive statement Thursday evening that said, "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".

At the center of the debacle were remarks from Kelly Sadler, a special assistant in the White House, who reportedly took issue with McCain's opposition to Gina Haspel, the Trump administration's nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director. The next day she returned to work to resume her normal daily duties, assisting the president whenever needed.

News of the Arizona Republican's failing health has been more widely reported lately as the Senator has retreated to his home to rest.

Former Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said the issue here is that the tone's set at the top, citing President Trump's campaign trail attack on McCain.




"My dad's about character and bipartisanship and something greater than yourself, and believing in this country and believing in the fact that we as Americans can still come together", she said.

In his statement on Friday, Biden said McCain is a "general hero" and that he deserves "so much better".

A FOX Business spokesperson confirmed to ABC News that McInerney will no longer be invited to appear as a guest on either FOX Business Network or FOX News Channel. Payne tweeted that McInerney's remark was "very false and derogatory" and "should have been challenged".

McCain is at home in Arizona as he undergoes treatment after receiving a diagnosis of brain cancer a year ago. "I really feel like I understand the meaning of life, and it is not how you die, it's how you live", she said.

"I certainly have respect for numerous things that he's accomplished, and so much respect for his family", said Sarah Palin, McCain's former running mate.

"Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying".

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