Mulvaney: Sadler's McCain Comment 'an Awful Joke'

Mulvaney: Sadler's McCain Comment 'an Awful Joke'

Ryan's remarks come in the wake of news that a White House aide mocked McCain's health, saying "he's dying anyway" in response to the senator's opposition to President Donald Trump's pick to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel.

Sanders declined to condemn Sadler's comments during a White House briefing on Friday, saying she wouldn't "validate a leak out of an internal staff meeting".

On "The View" Friday, McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, expressed disbelief that Sadler had not been fired.

"We respect Sen. McCain's service to our nation, and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time", the White House said in a statement.

McCain, the 81-year-old Arizona GOP senator, was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.

One of the biggest headlines over the last 24 hours has been the crude remarks by White House staffer Kelly Sadler about Sen. John McCain and his battle with brain cancer. She did not respond to a request for comment Thursday evening.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) looks on at a press conference about the National Defense Authorization Act in Washington, U.S., October 25, 2017. "That's why they call him 'Songbird John, ' retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney said". Asked why she would not simply apologize to Mr. McCain, she said, "I'm not going to get into a back and forth because, you know, people want to create issues of leaked staff meetings". "I like people that weren't captured", he said.

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Haspel faced grilling Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee about her role overseeing some CIA operations after the September 11 attacks.

With Trump and this White House, it's unsafe to assume we've hit rock bottom in common decency and civility.

McCain has always denied giving up harmful information when he was a prisoner of war and when critics distributed a flyer during the 2008 SC presidential primary claiming he did, it was debunked by the fact-finding website PolitiFact.

Spokeswoman Sanders, however, disputed the idea that the president had set a tone at the top that encouraged derogatory comments like Sadler's.

"My dad's about character and bipartisanship and something greater than yourself, and believing in this country and believing in the fact that we as Americans can still come together", she said.

Trump's sneering put-down of McCain notwithstanding, the Arizona senator is hardly the only target of Trump's disrespect, so Sanders' words are laughable.