Report: White House Press Aide Who Mocked McCain Is Out

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Henry Rodgers Senior Congressional Correspondent
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White House special assistant Kelly Sadler, who allegedly mocked Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain’s illness at an internal May meeting, is no longer working within the administration, according to a Tuesday report.

Sadler no longer works within the administration, three sources told CNN. However, it is unclear whether or not she was fired for her comments in the White House meeting in May. The topic of McCain’s opposition to the nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA director during a closed-door meeting came up when she allegedly said, “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.”

Sadler was working within the administration as late as Tuesday, according to an email from her White House email address.

Sadler reportedly tried to call his daughter, Meghan McCain, to apologize, which “didn’t go so well,” according to Politico’s Annie Karni.

Doctors diagnosed John McCain with brain cancer in July 2017. He was hospitalized in late July for surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye. Subsequent tests revealed a primary brain tumor associated with the blood clot. The senator has since been receiving treatment back home in Arizona, keeping him away from the Senate for several months. (RELATED: Report: White House Official Tried To Apologize For Mocking ‘Dying’ John McCain)

The White House issued a statement to The Hill in June, which did not deny Sadler’s comments: “We respect Senator McCain’s service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time.”

The White House has yet to comment on the news of Sadler no longer working within the administration.

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