White House declines to condemn McCain remark
- Author: Adam Floyd May 14, 2018,
May 14, 2018, 4:12
The White House official who mocked "dying" John McCain at an internal meeting on Thursday, called the Arizona Senator's daughter Meghan McCain to apologize later that day. John McCain was inappropriate but shouldn't have been leaked to the media. "John McCain's going to have a hell of a legacy". 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.
She closed her comments questioning Sadler's position in the White House.
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday said that "decency" in the White House had hit "rock bottom" following the White House aide's joke, CNN reported. Asked why she would not simply apologize to Mr. McCain, she said, "I'm not going to get into a back and forth because, you know, people want to create issues of leaked staff meetings".
But if Trump has not set a tone of disrespect for McCain in his White House, how did this happen?
White House sources reportedly dismissed Sadler's comment as a "joke", and there has been no public mention of firing her. "The fact is those methods can work, and they are effective, as former Vice President [Dick] Cheney said". I'm not scared of death anymore, I'm just not. "I really feel like I understand the meaning of life, and it is not how you die, it's how you live", she said. "That is what our focus is".
But Biden let them have it yesterday. "May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren", his wife, Cindy McCain, wrote to Ms. Sadler on Twitter.More news: Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal Shot, Wounded In Narowal Assassination Attempt
Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Haspel weighed in with a statement Thursday night, saying "I have the utmost respect for Sen. And that's all I have to say about that", McCain said.
"We respect Sen. McCain's service to our nation, and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time", the White House said in a statement.
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.
As for the president, he and McCain have had a troubled relationship. Payne tweeted that McInerney's remark was "very false and derogatory" and "should have been challenged".
The 81-year-old Arizona Republican, who has spent three decades in the Senate, was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.
The confirmation vote for Haspel could be close. No two ways about it. John McCain, I mean, he gave his entire adult life for this country.