John McCain's wife Cindy McCain slams White House official who said Arizona senator was 'dying anyway'
McCain, in mid-2017, announced that he was battling an aggressive form of brain cancer and the senator is reportedly currently "ailing" from a surgery
Republican Arizona Senator John McCain's wife, Cindy McCain, on Friday slammed a White House official who mocked her husband's health status during a meeting about the CIA director nominee Gina Haspel on Thursday.
White House aide, Kelly Sadler, reported responded to the Arizona senator's opposition to Haspel's nomination to the top position in the Trump administration with: "He's dying anyway."
It's 8 am in D.C..— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) May 11, 2018
Why does Kelly Sadler still have a job? pic.twitter.com/lLDWTeog7H
McCain, in mid-2017, announced that he was battling an aggressive form of brain cancer and the senator is reportedly currently "ailing" from a surgery.
Sadler's comment drew rebuke from many and a source told CNN's Jim Acosta that Sadler's "joke... fell flat" in the meeting, according to reports.
A WH official confirms WH aide Kelly Sadler mocked John McCain’s cancer diagnosis saying “he’s dying anyway” in response to his opposition to Haspel nomination. The “joke... fell flat” the official said.— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 10, 2018
Haspel's nomination for the top CIA position has garnered controversy as Democrats and Republicans alike have raised concerns about her involvement in a now-defunct torture program run by the agency. Several human rights advocates have objected to her nomination, citing the spy agency's second-in-command's career.
Haspel, who joined the CIA as an intelligence officer in 1985, and later become the deputy director at the intelligence agency reportedly operated "black site" prisons previously and allegedly drafted orders to destroy evidence that would reveal her participation in the torture, according to reports.
A black site, in military terminology, is a location where highly-classified and unacknowledged military or defense projects take place. These sites are also reportedly used to detain alleged unlawful enemy combatants and act as secret prisons. Former President George W Bush, in his speech in September 2006, had acknowledged the existence of such secret prisons operated by the CIA.
Meghan McCain on Kelly Sadler’s comments about her father: "I don't understand what kind of environment you're working in when that would be acceptable and then you could come to work the next day and still have a job." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/WpiMGPlYUw— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 11, 2018
McCain, who was reportedly tortured as a prisoner during the Vietnam War, has staunchly opposed Haspel's nomination.
Shortly after the reports of Sadler's comments on McCain, the senator's wife took to Twitter and directly addressed Sadler, saying: "May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren."
@kellysadler45 May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren.— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) May 10, 2018
Cindy McCain reportedly also got back at a guest on Fox Business who took the Arizona senator's example and praised torture technique as an interrogation method, claiming it "worked" on McCain, according to reports.
The White House reportedly issued a statement in response to Sadler's comment, and said that it respects McCain for his service to the United States. The statement, however, did not refer the aide's remarks about him.
Soon after the guest's remarks, the show's host Charles Payne issued an apology after the show, saying that he regretted not confronting his guest about the remark.