White House Aid Kelly Sadler Out After Mocking John McCain

Sergio Conner
June 7, 2018

Last month White House communications aide Kelly Sadler quipped during meeting that they didn't need to worry about Senator John McCain's opposition to President Trump's nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director because, "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway".

White House spokesman Raj Shah today said, "Kelly Sadler is no longer employed within the Executive Office of the President".

It's unclear whether Sadler's departure is connected to the remark, the white house has yet to comment.

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

Sadler's comments became a maelstrom because neither she nor anyone else in the White House publicly apologized - even after McCain family members, Republican senators and others expressed outrage.

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Four days later, the White House announced that she had been hospitalized to treat a kidney condition described only as benign. Her absence will mark 22 straight days without a public appearance by the first lady following a recent hospitalization .

McCain, 81, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer past year. John McCain, would still be welcome to work a different job in the Trump administration.

Sadler promised a public apology to Meghan McCain, but only apologized personally. McCain has frequently been a target of Trump, who still occasionally derides him privately, according to aides. In 2015, then-candidate Trump dismissed McCain's time as a prisoner of war, saying he was considered a war hero only "because he was captured", adding that "I like people who weren't captured".

Conway would not comment on why Sadler was ousted from her role as a special assistant to Trump, which involved compiling and disseminating talking points to the administration's allies.

The White House had been strategizing an exit for Sadler for the last two weeks, a senior administration official said.

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