White House official derides McCain over Haspel opposition: 'He's dying anyway'

John Mc Cain and his wife Cindy on stage while campaigning for the 2008 presidential election

John Mc Cain and his wife Cindy on stage while campaigning for the 2008 presidential election

Mercedes Schlapp, the White House director of strategic communications, said Friday during a White House meeting that she stood by Sadler, Axios reported.

Sadler dismissed Senator McCain's objection to Trump's nominee to be Central Intelligence Agency director, Gina Haspel, by saying it "doesn't matter, he's dying anyway", a source familiar with the closed White House meeting told Reuters on Thursday. She also took the opportunity to reflect on her belief that the tone of the White House staff is set by its leader, President Trump.

"People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration", Biden said in a statement.

Now that McCain, 81, is dying of brain cancer and is planning his funeral, criticizing him is considered tasteless.

However, on "The View" Friday, McCain questioned how Sadler still had her job.

The White House put out a statement saying: "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".

On Thursday, in her freaky comment dismissing McCain's opposition to the nomination of Gina Haspel as the new Central Intelligence Agency director, Kelly said that the senator's take on the issue "doesn't matter because he's dying anyway".

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney pushed back Saturday on calls to fire the aide, saying the purported joke about McCain's health was "awful" but not worth firing her over. "My dad's actually doing really well right now and I believe in the power of prayer and I think it's helping".

The people, who were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity, described feeling shocked and stunned by the remark. The talk show host told her co-hosts and the studio audience to not feel bad because both she and her family are strong.

Multiple news outlets reported that Kelly Sadler dismissed Sen.

In a video message posted on Twitter, the 2016 GOP rival of Trump demanded that the White House apologize for the "outrageous and totally out-of-line" comment about "American hero" McCain.

Sadler is a special assistant to the president. McCain's has said his defiance of his captors was motivated by a loyalty to his fellow American prisoners of war. Sadler called Meghan McCain on Thursday to apologize for the remark, a source close to the situation told CNN, although it's unclear what her response was.

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