White House Goes Silent on Remark about McCain
- Author: Rogelio Becker May 14, 2018,
May 14, 2018, 4:10
On Thursday, Sadler attempted to make a joke about Senator John McCain's opposition to Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel by saying "he's dying anyway", an attempt at humor that reportedly "fell flat".
The Hill first reported Thursday that Sadler said during a private meeting that McCain's opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump issues disaster declaration for Hawaii volcano damage Giuliani biographer: He's "a drama machine" Trump attacks media after reports of Cohen deal with AT&T MORE's nominee to become Central Intelligence Agency director, Gina Haspel, "doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway". McCain's long-distance rejection of Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspel's history with torture goaded former vice-president Dick Cheney into a fresh debate over waterboarding and other now-banned interrogation techniques.
The White House later commended McCain's service to his country, but refused to address the aide's comment when pressed Friday. "The thing that surprises me most is".
Meghan McCain responded to Sadler's comment at the top of Friday's show.
Former Vice President Joe Biden wrote: "People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration". The comment was made in reference to the Senator from Arizona's battle with stage four glioblastoma.
McCain is at home in Arizona as he undergoes treatment after receiving a diagnosis of brain cancer past year.
Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, told CNN on Saturday that while Sadler's remark was "awful", the aide should "have freedom to speak in a private meeting, to speak candidly". He left Washington in December and few expect him to return. Sadler said that McCain's feelings about Haspel do not even matter in light of the fact that "he's dying anyway".
The former vice president called McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee for president, a "genuine hero" who "deserves better" as he struggles with cancer.
"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.