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".
A White House spokesperson reportedly chastised staff for allowing an "unacceptable" comment about John McCain to be leaked to the press. John McCain's opinion "doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway". "People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration", former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said in a statement. "It happened yesterday", Biden said.
Sanders would not address the issue except to say that she wouldn't comment on an "internal staff meeting".
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is not apologizing over a White House staffer's reported disparaging remarks about the ailing Senator John McCain. "McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".
The aide, Kelly Sadler, a special assistant to the president, made the comment on Thursday, just three days after Melania Trump unveiled what she called a "Be Best" campaign to encourage children to put kindness first in their lives. A Fox spokeswoman said Friday that retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney will no longer be allowed on the network.
Payne also issued a lengthier apology, saying he regrets not interjecting when retired general Tom McInerney initially made those remarks.
During the Vietnam War, McCain, now 81 and battling brain cancer, was held as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese for more than five years. 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.
On Twitter, she encouraged Americans to think hard about McCain's sacrifice to the country. It's highly effective; that's why enemies of the United States continue to use it on Americans.
He added: "I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination".