Graham Demands Apology From White House Over Aide’s McCain ‘Joke’

Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham believes that the White House owes his longtime friend Sen. John McCain an apology for an insensitive “joke” aide Kelly Sadler made about the latter’s cancer diagnosis.

“It’s [a] pretty disgusting thing to say,” Graham said.

Sadler, responding to McCain’s statement denouncing the confirmation of CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel, said in a closed door meeting that it didn’t matter because “he’s dying anyway.”

Graham, during a Sunday morning appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” told host Margaret Brennan that an apology from the White House would be the correct response to the situation. “If it was a joke, it was a terrible joke. I just wish somebody from the White House would tell the country that was inappropriate, that’s not who we are in the Trump administration.”

He added that, if a similar situation were to arise where the offending party was a member of his own staff, he would offer an apology on behalf of the entire office because it was the right thing to do. “It doesn’t hurt you at all to do the right thing and to be big. [If] somebody in my office said such a thing about somebody, I would apologize on behalf of the office.”

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