WH budget director says McCain joke 'awful' but not a fireable offense

Marsha Scott
May 14, 2018

Meghan McCain said she's "surprised" that the White House aide who made disparaging comments about her father has not been fired.

The White House is now in the midst of another PR crisis following revelations that Kelly Sadler, a special assistant in the White House, reportedly dismissed McCain's criticisms of Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel, saying earlier this week that "he's dying, anyway".

McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, reacted to the White House aide's mocking remarks on Friday on "The View", saying she doesn't "understand what kind of environment you're working in when that would be acceptable and then you can come to work the next day and still have a job".

McCain says some of the tactics used were torture.

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.

Axios reported Saturday that while Sanders said Sadler's comment was inappropriate, that did not justify leaking it to the media.

"'As he (Sen. McCain) fights for his life, he deserves better - so much better.' What else can be said?" "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway", she reportedly said. John McCain as the Arizona Republican battles brain cancer, calling him "a hero" who "dedicated his life to public service" and saying that his "thoughts and prayers" are with him and his family. McCain, 81, also said he wished he had chosen CT U.S. Sen.

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

Trump mocked the war hero in 2015 for being captured after his plane went down while flying over Vietnam.

But she focused on the positivity she's experienced from others since her father was diagnosed past year with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He left Washington in December and underwent surgery last month for an infection.

"We've all said things in private, especially in smaller groups that we work with, that we would never say publicly", Mulaney said.

Mr. McCain's family expressed astonishment and outrage after the remark became known.

"Given this White House's trail of disrespect toward John and others", he added, "this staffer is not the exception to the rule; she is the epitome of it". The only fact that Sanders would confirm was that Sadler was still employed at the White House.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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