White House declines to condemn McCain remark


John McCain's (R-AZ) opposition to Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspell because he's "dying" still works in the administration, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday.

The White House is now in the midst of another PR crisis following revelations that Kelly Sadler, a special assistant in the White House, reportedly dismissed McCain's criticisms of Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel, saying earlier this week that "he's dying, anyway".

Gina Haspel, who was nominated by President Donald Trump, will be the first woman in history to be Central Intelligence Agency director.

"However", McCain continued, "Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing".

According to The Hill, sources have said that Sadler was joking and meant no harm but her humor fell flat with other officials at the internal White House meeting.

Sanders was asked repeatedly if President Trump bears responsibility for setting the tone in the White House.

That likely came as no surprise to Sanders: "I am sure this conversation is going to leak, too". "It doesn't matter", Ms. Sadler said, "He's dying anyway".

Plenty of others condemned the remark, including those closest to him: his wife, Cindy, and daughter, Meghan.

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News of the Arizona Republican's failing health has been more widely reported lately as the Senator has retreated to his home to rest.

"People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration".

McCain is 81. He has brain cancer. In the summer of 2015, shortly after launching his presidential campaign, Trump mocked McCain's war service, saying of the 2008 Republican presidential nominee: "He's not a war hero". He left Washington in December and few expect him to return.

Mr. McCain's family expressed astonishment and outrage after the remark became known.

"The fact is John McCain - [torture] worked on John".

"John McCain can be criticized for any political decision he's ever made or any vote he's ever cast, but he's an American hero", Graham said of the ailing Arizona senator and longtime friend. The talk show host told her co-hosts and the studio audience to not feel bad because both she and her family are strong.

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".