Sarah Sanders scolded White House staff for leak, sources say

White House aide dismissed McCain's views because 'he's dying anyway' – report

A spokesperson for Fox News said they have banished the guest who said torture "worked" on Sen. Sanders is refusing to otherwise weigh in on the comments or condemn them.

On Thursday, Kelly Sadler, a special assistant who handles surrogate communications, told other staffers that McCain's opposition to President Donald Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspel does not matter because "he's dying anyway", a White House official told CNN.

"Certainly there is not a tone set here", Sanders said. John McCain showed when "decency would hit rock bottom with this administration". McCain, 81, has been battling brain cancer and has reportedly made arrangements for his funeral.

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

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".

On Thursday, in her freakish comment dismissing McCain's opposition to the nomination of Gina Haspel as the new Central Intelligence Agency director, Kelly said that the senator's take on the issue "doesn't matter because he's dying anyway".

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"The fact is, it worked on John McCain", McInerney said. It was a joke that fell flat, a White House official told CNN.

"To say he's not a hero because he was a prisoner of war is stupid", Gerson added, alluding to President Trump's knock on McCain during the presidential campaign. He says "I am certain it will be John's".

About 20 people were in the room; some gasped while a few laughed, according to some who were there, but no one challenged Ms. Sadler at the time. We're all dying. I'm dying, you're dying, we're all dying. McCain spoke out against Haspel after her confirmation hearing earlier this week, saying her responses on her involvement in the George W. Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" program left him concerned. "We've all said things in private, especially in smaller groups that we work with, that we would never say publicly".

Sadler is a special assistant to the president.

Kelly Sadler was discussing McCain's opposition to Trump's pick for Central Intelligence Agency director, Gina Haspel, when she made the comment.

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