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WH press secretary berates staff for leak of Sadler's McCain comment

WH press secretary berates staff for leak of Sadler's McCain comment

Responding to the purported barb, John McCain's daughter Meghan said on "The View" that her family was "really strong", and wondered how the White House could retain a staffer who made such a remark.

Cindy McCain, the senator's wife, fired back on Twitter on Thursday, reminding Sadler of the human side of politics.

The White House did not dispute the remark but said in a statement: "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".

Jake Tapper's State of the Union panel this morning went off on the White House for the nasty leaked comment aide Kelly Sadler made about John McCain.

The New York Times reported last weekend that McCain's associates had informed the White House that they do not plan to give Trump a speaking role at his funeral, to be held at Washington National Cathedral, but that Vice President Mike Pence would be welcome to attend.

As a GOP presidential candidate in 2015, Trump said McCain was "not a war hero" because he was captured in Vietnam, adding, "I like people who weren't captured".

Gerson said Biden stood in honorably for McCain in March, when the academy named the Arizona senator one of its distinguished graduates.

Sanders said the leak was selfish and distracted from the president's agenda and his welcoming home of three Americans detained in North Korea and an upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un. Addressing the statements from both McInerney and Sadler, she said: "I don't understand the kind of environment you're working in where that would be acceptable and you can come to work the next day and still have a job". We've all said things in private, especially in smaller groups that we work with, that we would never say publicly.

"'As he (Sen. McCain) fights for his life, he deserves better - so much better.' What else can be said?" Payne tweeted that McInerney's remark was "very false and derogatory" and "should have been challenged".

But she focused on the positivity she's experienced from others since her father was diagnosed previous year with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

McCain has recounted stories of lying to his interrogators under torture, including giving them the names of the Green Bay Packers' offensive line instead of the names of his own squadron. "I stand with Kelly Sadler", she said, according to Axios. This has left him in a bad state and he sought the comfort of his family and friends at his personal estate for the past few months. "Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying".


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