A Trump communications aide who joked about the battle of US Senator John McCain against brain cancer left his job at the White House, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday.
During an internal meeting last month, White House aide Kelly Sadler dismissed McCain’s objection to the election of President Donald Trump to the director of the CIA by saying that “it does not matter, he is dying anyway,” he said. to Reuters a source familiar with the meeting.
Sadler’s comments were widely condemned. The White House refused to confirm or deny whether Sadler had said them.
“Kelly Sadler is no longer employed in the Executive Office of the President,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement.
McCain, 81, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer last year. He has been receiving treatment in his home state of Arizona and has been absent from the Senate for months.
McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, had issued a statement after the Senate confirmation hearing of CIA candidate Gina Haspel, denouncing her for refusing to condemn torture. He recommended that his fellow senators vote against, but the Senate confirmed Haspel from 54 to 45.
McCain has been a frequent critic of Trump. In 2015, Trump denigrated the former military service of Navy aviation, telling a meeting of religious conservatives: “He is not a war hero, he was a war hero because he was captured, I like people who were not captured.” .