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Sanders: Aide's McCain comment shouldn't have been leaked

Sanders: Aide's McCain comment shouldn't have been leaked

Also on Thursday, special assistant to the president Kelly Sadler reportedly suggested that the views of McCain, who is battling brain cancer, are irrelevant since the Arizona Republican is "dying anyway." .

The White House later commended McCain's service to his country, but refused to address the aide's comment when pressed Friday.

McCain's wife and daughter Meghan have both condemned the comments.

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".

Now that McCain, 81, is dying of brain cancer and is planning his funeral, criticizing him is considered tasteless.

During the meeting, White House director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp defended Sadler, saying the private comments shouldn't have been leaked to the media, the person said.

She was at the meeting standing at the other side of the room and did not apologize for the comment, according to people in the room. He left Washington in December and few expect him to return.

The incident came the same day a retired Air Force general called McCain "songbird John" during an appearance on Fox Business Network for allegedly providing information to the North Vietnamese while he was a prisoner of war. "I don't call it torture, let's call it 'really mean interrogation techniques.' They're not on the medieval rack, this isn't the end of Braveheart".

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Sen. McCain, a Navy pilot who was beaten in captivity during the Vietnam War, has urged his fellow senators to reject Haspel. Coming to her father's defense, she said his "legacy is going to be talked about hundreds and hundreds of years".

Mulvaney said, "I think the remarks were very bad".

Haspel faced grilling Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee about her role overseeing some CIA operations after the September 11 attacks. It's unclear how many people total attended the meeting (six, perhaps?), but given this White House's history of rampant, unchecked blabbing to reporters, it's easy to understand Sanders's mood of indignant resignation.

McCain has always denied giving up harmful information when he was a prisoner of war and when critics distributed a flyer during the 2008 SC presidential primary claiming he did, it was debunked by the fact-finding website PolitiFact.

"We're all dying. I'm dying, you're dying, we're dying", she said.

Last July, McCain became the deciding vote against the GOP health care repeal with a dramatic thumbs-down.

Echoing Sanders' private comments to staffers, Mulvaney said the leak was created to hurt Sadler and "completely ignored the harm it would do to the McCain family, which is doubly inconsiderate". "And if we have to use them to save a million American lives, we will do whatever we have to".


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