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

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Kelly Sadler, a White House communications aide, dismissed Senator McCain's objection to U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to be Central Intelligence Agency director, Gina Haspel, by saying that it "doesn't matter, he's dying anyway", a source familiar with the closed White House meeting told Reuters.

Sources told The Hill that the comment, which came three weeks after McCain underwent surgery for an intestinal infection, was intended as a joke that didn't land with others in the room.

The View host Whoopi Goldberg opened Friday's episode saying that ahead of Mother's Day weekend, she had hoped the show's panel would be discussing something happier than Sadler's "insanely despicable" comments.

Biden called the remark the "epitome" of the White House's "trail of disrespect".

While the White House has not denied that Sadler made those comments, it did provide the following statement: "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation, and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".

McCain's wife Cindy responded with a tweet tagged to Sadler.

McCain went on to say that her family is "really strong" and they have been surrounded by love, prayer and positive energy during her father's recovery. Charles Payne, the Fox host who interviewed McInerney, apologized Thursday for not challenging the "Songbird John" claim.

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A Fox Business Network guest this week, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, argued in favor of torture techniques by alleging they "worked" on John McCain in Vietnam.

McCain is at home in Arizona as he undergoes treatment after receiving a diagnosis of brain cancer a year ago.

During the campaign, Mr. Trump famously disparaged McCain's time as a prisoner of war.

"My father's legacy is going to be talked about for hundreds and hundreds of years", she said.

McCain yesterday announced he opposed Haspel's nomination due to her role overseeing the CIA's illegal torture program and for her inability to state that torture was immoral.

Last July, McCain became the deciding vote against the GOP health care repeal with a dramatic thumbs-down. For example, as a candidate, Trump had said he did not think McCain was a war hero because he had been taken captive.

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