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Kellyanne Conway Stumbles When Pressed About Why WH Aide Who Made McCain Joke Was Fired

Kelly Sadler — the White House aide who made a joke in private that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) doesn’t matter because he’s “dying anyway” — was let go from President Donald Trump‘s administration on Tuesday. But apparently, she’s still welcome to apply for other White House gigs.

That’s the word from White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway — who appeared Wednesday on CNN’s New Day. In an interview with John Berman, Conway stated that other administration jobs are “open” to Sadler.

“Yes. There are other administration jobs open to her, and to others that would like to interview for those jobs.” Conway said. “They should definitely submit their credentials.”

Berman seized on that remark.

“So, in your mind, the comments she made about John McCain would not be disqualifying for another administration job?” Berman asked.

According to reports, she was not let go because of her morbid joke about the senator, but because she accused a fellow White House staffer of leaking.

“I didn’t say that,” Conway replied — clearly looking to shift to a new topic as quickly as possible. “What I said is that she, as I understand it, has been provided with opportunities — the idea there are opportunities throughout the administration that would fit with different skill sets.”

Conway then awkwardly tried to pivot to the overall national jobs statistics, but the New Day co-anchor pressed.

“To be clear, you’re not closing the door…to an administration job because of what she said about John McCain, pure and simple. Correct?” Berman said.

“Kelly Sadler has been told there are administration jobs that fit with her skill set and her experience,” Conway said. “And that the rest is really her choice of what she would like to do next.”

Watch the two-and-a-half minutes of awkwardness above, via CNN.

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