White House aide who joked about John McCain's ill health is out

"It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway", she said during a well-attended White House communications meeting on May 10, drawing shock from some staffers, according to a White House official with knowledge of the comment.

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Sadler made headlines when her comments about McCain's opposition to then-CIA director nominee Gina Haspel's confirmation during an internal meeting leaked.

The White House refused to condemn the remarks in the aftermath, but White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told staffers that the comment was inappropriate but shouldn't have been leaked to the media.

And, though she apologized, she remained on the staff for almost a month before departing.

The aide, Kelly Sadler, had made the misguided remark, reportedly intended as a joke, almost a month ago.


The White House did not say whether Sadler had been fired or left the job voluntarily.

Sadler apologised to the McCain family privately, but McCain's daughter asked for a public apology.

Sen. McCain is now battling terminal brain cancer and was also mocked by Trump during his campaign.

"Kelly Sadler is no longer employed within the Executive Office of the President".

A senior White House official told the New York Times more exits were expected in the coming weeks.

"It's an honor and privilege to work for the president and to be part of his administration. I like people who weren't captured".

  • Tracy Klein