The White House is refusing to condemn a staffer who said during a closed-door meeting that Arizona Senator John McCain's opinion "doesn't matter" because 'he's dying anyway.' White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the aide, Kelly Sadler, still works for the White House.
"Certainly there is not a tone set here", Sanders said.
"People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration", Biden said in a statement yesterday.
McCain is 81. He has brain cancer.
McCain's wife and daughter Meghan have both condemned the comments.
The White House had released a more supportive statement Thursday evening that said, "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time". McCain about President Donald Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee, saying Thursday, May 10, 2018, at a staff meeting that "it doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway", two people in the room told The Associated Press.
The White House has not denied Sadler made the remarks.
"And I think most Americans would like to see the Trump administration do better in situations like this", said Graham. John McCain, according to several sources familiar with the meeting.
According to reports, Sadler, who also attended the meeting, did not apologize. McCain spoke out against Haspel after her confirmation hearing earlier this week, saying her responses on her involvement in the George W. Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" program left him concerned. We're all dying. I'm dying, you're dying, we're all dying.
Pressed by reporters, Sanders said Sadler remains on staff at the White House.
Sadler is a special assistant to the president.
She was reacting to the comment made by White House communications aide Kelly Sadler.
After watching Haspel's Senate testimony Wednesday, McCain issued a statement saying that although Haspel is "a patriot" and a longtime public servant, her past work at the Central Intelligence Agency overseeing interrogation programs was "disturbing".
"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.