WH budget director says McCain joke 'awful' but not a fireable offense

The White House on Friday didn't offer an apology or deny comments made by aide Kelly Sadler, who sources say mocked Arizona Republican Sen.

Sadler's reported remarks came during a discussion at the White House on Thursday on McCain's opposition to Trump's nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, Gina Haspel.

A White House spokesman did not dispute the report and issued a statement on behalf of the White House: "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".

The comment was first reported by The Hill.

McCain's wife, Cindy, and daughter Meghan both quickly condemned the comments.

Sadler is a special assistant to the president. She did not respond to a request for comment Thursday evening.

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

"However", McCain continued, "Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing". Add John McCain as an interest to stay up to date on the latest John McCain news, video, and analysis from ABC News. A Fox spokeswoman said Friday that retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney will no longer be allowed on the network.

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The former vice president called McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee for president, a "genuine hero" who "deserves better" as he struggles with cancer. 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.

Upon learning that the new nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director was going to be Gina Haspel, who proudly supported waterboarding, he immediately took a stance against it and urged his fellow politicians to denounce the nomination as well.

Congresswoman Val Dennings (D- FL) said McCain "represents all that is good and right with this country", praising his service and saying at the very least the White House should apologize.

As for the president, he and McCain have had a troubled relationship.

"He's dying anyway" so his vote doesn't matter, joked White House Aide [VIDEO], Kelly Sadler.

"We've all said things in private, especially in smaller groups that we work with, that we would never say publicly", Mulaney said.

With Trump and this White House, it's unsafe to assume we've hit rock bottom in common decency and civility. While defending Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, McInerney said enhanced interrogation techniques do work to induce prisoners to offer valuable information.

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