Trump fires aide who joked about 'dying' John McCain

Saul Bowman
June 7, 2018

A West Wing aide who was dismissive of gravely ill Senator John McCain during a closed-door meeting last month has left the White House. The source wouldn't say why Sadler was let go and said she might go to another administration job later on.

- White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in the statement.

Two unnamed sources told The Hill on May 10 that Sadler dismissed McCain's opposition to the nomination of the new Central Intelligence Agency director by joking, "he's going to die soon anyway". Sadler reportedly said that McCain's stance "doesn't matter" since he's "dying anyway".

Former White House press aide Kelly Sadler quit after making what some perceived to be insulting comments towards Sen. John McCain could resurface in a new role after leaving her White House job.

Mrs. Sadler, the aide who made controversial remarks about ailing Sen.


"The reaction isn't good", said one Republican close to the White House, describing the current mood.

Mr McCain, 81, has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer.

Sadler was a special assistant to the President, responsible for compiling and distributing talking points to administration allies. "It's being addressed internally and I don't have anything further to add".

"I am sure this conversation is going to leak, too", she derisively said to her staff, according to people familiar with the meeting, in comments first reported by Axios.

Reports about the comment sparked a torrent of criticism and a White House public response that focused on those who leaked the comments and resisted apologizing or addressing the content of Sadler's remark.

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