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Lindsey Graham Not Satisfied With WH Response to Trump Aide’s ‘Disgusting’ Comments About McCain

Sen. Lindsey Graham decried comments made by White House official Kelly Sadler, who reportedly joked in a private meeting that Sen. John McCain‘s opposition to Trump’s CIA Director nominee was irrelevant because “he’s dying anyway.”

Appearing for an interview that’s set to air in full on Face The Nation Sunday, CBS News’ Margaret Brennan asked Graham if he was satisfied with how the White House has responded to the comments.

“No not really,” the South Carolina Republican replied. “It’s a pretty disgusting thing to say.”

“If it was a joke, it was a terrible joke. I just wish somebody from the White House would tell the country that was inappropriate, that’s not who we are in the Trump administration,” he said.

Graham, a longtime friend of McCain’s, gave the interview from Israel where he is “leading a congressional delegation to observe the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem,” per CBS.

“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 continued, “and I think most Americans would like to see the Trump administration do better in situations like this. It doesn’t hurt you at all to do the right thing and to be big.”

McCain is currently in his home state of Arizona battling an aggressive brain cancer, and voiced his opposition Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump‘s nominee to be CIA director, given her job overseeing torture at a “black site” in Thailand after 9/11.

During a meeting with members of the White House communications team, Sadler remarked that McCain’s opposition “doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.” Those comments were promptly leaked to the press, and were not denied by the White House.

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