Kelly Sadler has stepped down from her role as White House aide following comments she made about the health of Senator McCain.
Ms Sadler dismissed McCain’s opposition to the nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA director because of his ill health and he is “dying anyway”. The comments made quickly grabbed the attention of the media and Sadler received significant criticism for making such comments.
In a statement released by the deputy press secretary at the White House, Raj Shah said “Kelly Sadler is no longer is no longer employed within the Executive Office of the President.”
Shortly after the comments were released to the public, the daughter of Senator McCain, Meaghan, questioned why Sadler was still employed by President Trump. She furthered he questions asked about the sort of environment that is created that allows people to make those sorts of comments and still come to work the next day.
John McCain is the Arizona Republican was a candidate for the 2008 US presidency. Currently diagnosed with brain cancer, he was of strong opposition to Gina Haspel as the new CIA director siting his experience as a prisoner of war being tortured in Vietnam.
Haspel faced some strong competition as a nominee for the CIA role, which she eventually won in a tight vote 54-45. The prominent factor in the opposition was her role in the supervision of a CIA black site in Thailand shortly after the devastation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The initial response from the White House in regards to the comments made by Sadler was directed at the leaking of the comments highlighting its disgust that someone would do so.
In a press conference at the White House in relation to the comments made by Sadler and her stepping down, Sarah Sanders declined to comment saying that she would not “validate a leak out of an internal staff meeting.”
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