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Trump aide who mocked McCain leaves White House

Trump aide who mocked McCain leaves White House

The White House aide who made a disparaging remark about ailing Arizona Republican Sen.

"Kelly Sadler is no longer employed within the Executive Office of the President", White House spokesman Raj Shah told the BBC in a statement on Tuesday.

Two unnamed sources told The Hill on May 10 that Sadler dismissed McCain's opposition to the nomination of the new Central Intelligence Agency director by joking, "he's going to die soon anyway".

Privately, Sadler did apologize to McCain's daughter Meghan in a phone call. Sadler made the remark almost a month ago, and the White House has refused to apologize or discipline her, even as McCain's family members and GOP lawmakers called on them to do so.

Sadler was responsible for compiling and distributing talking points to allies of the Trump administration.

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The Trump administration declined to publicly apologise and Trump demanded a crackdown on whoever leaked the story to the media. John McCain's brain cancer, which triggered widespread backlash.

White House officials bemoaned an environment where presidential aides could not speak their minds in meetings without fearing their remarks could appear later in the press.

"Look, I can tell you there are a couple of bad actors", Sanders said, then focused on leaking as "some of the most shameful behavior that you could ever engage in".

The White House refused to confirm or deny whether Sadler had said them.

White House aides are reportedly looking for leakers and considering ousting more people from the communications staff in order to prevent conversations from leaving their meetings.


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