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White House: Aide behind Sen. John McCain 'dying' remark dealt with internally

White House: Aide behind Sen. John McCain 'dying' remark dealt with internally

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In this March 22, 2018 photo, special assistant to President Donald Trump, Kelly Sadler attends a forum at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The White House is refusing to condemn a staffer who said during a closed-door meeting that Arizona Sen. John McCain's opinion "doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON — The White House says the aide who dismissed Sen. John McCain's opposition on President Donald Trump's CIA nominee by saying "he's dying anyway" has been "dealt with internally."

That's according to spokesman Raj Shah, who says White House communications aide Kelly Sadler still remains in her position following her comment during a closed-door meeting last week.

The 81-year-old McCain is battling brain cancer.

Sadler called the Arizona Republican's daughter Meghan McCain, a co-host of ABC's "The View," to apologize but hasn't apologized publicly.

Shah led the meeting in which Sadler made the comment. He says he won't discuss how the situation was "addressed internally" because then it would no longer be internal.

White House officials condemned the leak of the private conversation and have expressed their support for Sadler.

 

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