WH Official Who Dismissed McCain as ‘Dying Anyway’ Reportedly Had Tough Call With Meghan
The White House did not deny that an official said Sen. John McCain’s opposition to CIA director nominee Gina Haspel was irrelevant because he’s “dying anyway” in a closed-door meeting on Thursday.
The Hill first reported that Kelly Sadler, a special assistant to Trump and former editor at conservative outlet the Washington Times, made the remark deriding the Arizona senator, who is battling brain cancer.
McCain said he would oppose the nomination of Haspel over her comments on the U.S. enhanced interrogation program, stating “her role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing,” and “her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.”
“It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” Sadler said in response during a meeting with the White House comms team, according to a number of sources who spoke to The Hill and other outlets. The joke apparently did not land well in the room.
The White House issued a statement on the reports, in which they did not deny it was made.
“We respect Senator McCain’s service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time,” the statement said.
At least they’re making a bid for honesty.
Politico’s Annie Karnie reported that Sadler called McCain’s daughter Meghan on Thursday — but “it didn’t go so well.”
Source tells me Sadler called Meghan McCain today. And that it didn’t go so well. https://t.co/ZdAgD001jk
— Annie Karni (@anniekarni) May 10, 2018
NY Times’s Maggie Haberman reported the reactions to Sadler’s comment were varied:
One WH official tells me there were some reactions to Sadler comment in McCain – some gasped, a few laughed
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 11, 2018
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