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Aide Who Made McCain 'Dying' Remark Still Works At White House

14 May 2018, 04:14 | Rufus Hill

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

"I'm not going to validate a leak out of an internal staff meeting one way or the other", she said.

On Thursday night, a report broke revealed that Trump staffer Kelly Sadler took a shot at McCain dealing with brain cancer after the senator refused to endorse the president's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

A White House spokesman did not dispute the report and issued a statement on behalf of the White House: "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".

McCain announced a year ago that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer and has been spending time with family and loved ones while he receives treatment in Arizona. He left Washington in December and few expect him to return.

Sadler is a special assistant to the president.

Responding Saturday to the controversial comments, Republican Sen.

The original comment was made at a closed-door meeting attended by two dozen staffers on Thursday morning, one day after McCain released a statement calling on the Senate to oppose the nomination of Haspel. A Fox spokeswoman said Friday that retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney will no longer be allowed on the network.

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a close friend of McCain, told CBS's "Face the Nation" program in an interview to be aired on Sunday that he was not satisfied with the White House's response to the controversy surrounding Kelly Sadler, a communications aid. "I don't call it torture, let's call it 'really mean interrogation techniques.' They're not on the medieval rack, this isn't the end of Braveheart". "John McCain fought for us in Vietnam, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, came home and dedicated his life to public service". ". And they all apply to anyone who would say anything like that about John or any family battling cancer".

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

The White House has not denied Sadler made the remarks.

As for the president, he and McCain have had a troubled relationship. "I stand with Kelly Sadler", she said, according to Axios.

Last July, McCain became the deciding vote against the GOP health care repeal with a dramatic thumbs-down.

Trump's sneering put-down of McCain notwithstanding, the Arizona senator is hardly the only target of Trump's disrespect, so Sanders' words are laughable.

The crowd booed, and Trump added, "I won't use his name".

"Certainly there is not a tone set here", Sanders said.

"My dad's about character and bipartisanship and something greater than yourself, and believing in this country and believing in the fact that we as Americans can still come together", she said.



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