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White House Refusing To Apologize For "Joke" About John McCain

White House Refusing To Apologize For

John McCain's opposition to Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel saying, "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway", at a meeting of White House communications staffers Thursday.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to comment later Friday on Sadler's remark, saying, "I'm not going to comment on an internal staff meeting".

Asked directly why not simply apologize to McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer, and his family, she said: "I'm not going to get into a back and forth because people want to create issues of leaked staff meetings".

The McCain family responded on Friday to a tasteless comment about Sen.

McCain announced previous year that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer and has been spending time with family and loved ones while he receives treatment in Arizona.

Sadler's comment comes amid tension between the White House and McCain, 81, who has been at home in Arizona fighting brain cancer. She refused all further comment. He left Washington in December and few expect him to return.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) looks on at a press conference about the National Defense Authorization Act in Washington, U.S., October 25, 2017. It's not like - you might say something really nasty about me off the air, and it really doesn't have that much impact. "That's why they call him 'Songbird John.' The fact is those methods can work, and they are effective", McInerney said. "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".

"I don't understand what kind of environment you're working in when that would be acceptable, and then you can come to work the next day and still have a job, " she said.

"Given this White House's trail of disrespect toward John and others, this staffer is not the exception to the rule; she is the epitome of it", Biden said in his statement.

Senator Warren, who took to Twitter to express her views, said that Haspel's involvement in the U.S.'s discredited torture program makes her unfit to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

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

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

Her role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is "disturbing", he says. "That is what we try to put forward in everything we do both in word and in action", Sanders said during her briefing, highlighting President Trump's policies.


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