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

White House Refusing To Apologize For

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

Sanders referred to as the remark "unacceptable", however was stated to be extra upset concerning the leak than the off-handed remark from White Home staffer Kelly Sadler that McCain's opposition to their Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspel "would not matter, as a result of he is dying anyway".

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

In the meeting with communications staffers, Sanders called the comment by special assistant Kelly Sadler "unacceptable", according to ABC News, but sources told the network she was more upset over the leak of the remark.

The subsequent day, Meghan McCain stated on The View that she was shocked Sadler was nonetheless employed by the White Home. Some colleagues said afterward that they were unhappy she made the remark, and the White House issued a written statement Thursday expressing respect for Mr. McCain.

Joe Biden blasted the Trump administration for a lack of decency he says hit "rock bottom" when an aide joked about a cancer-stricken John McCain in a callous attack others are also condemning.

The Friday meeting came as the news cycle was dominated with coverage of communications staffer Kelly Sadler's "joke" about Sen.

"John McCain is a genuine hero - a man of valor whose sacrifices for his country are immeasurable. I like people who weren't captured".

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Graham, though, said McCain is mentally intact and recovering physically. He left Washington in December and few expect him to return.

"My father's legacy is going to be talked about for hundreds and hundreds of years", she added.

McCain, who is being treated for terminal brain cancer, said he would oppose Gina Haspel's nomination because of her involvement in a Bush-era enhanced interrogation program.

Haspel faced grilling Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee about her role overseeing some CIA operations after the September 11 attacks.

Trump, for his part, once mocked McCain's war service, saying during the presidential campaign that "I like people that weren't captured". This was a private meeting inside the White House. McCain famously voted down a White House-led effort to repeal Obamacare. Trump later told the Conservative Political Action Conference that "except for one Senator, who came into a room at three o'clock in the morning and went like that" -Trump gave a thumbs-down - "we would have had health care (reform), too".

Sadler's comments drew bipartisan condemnation.

"We have a respect for all Americans and that is what we try to put forward in everything we do both in word and in action", Sanders said.

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