Sanders scolded staff for leak of White House official's 'dying' McCain comment

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Sadler - a special assistant in the White House communications department - reportedly mocked McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017, during a White House meeting over his announcement that he would not support President Donald Trump's pick for CIA director, citing her role in the agency's torture program years earlier.

"To say he's not a hero because he was a prisoner of war is stupid", Gerson added, alluding to President Trump's knock on McCain during the presidential campaign.

Caputo made a point of saying "not everybody on this planet loves John McCain, but at this point in time we all need to step back and let his family and the senator live in peace". "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway", she reportedly said. She also took the opportunity to reflect on her belief that the tone of the White House staff is set by its leader, President Trump.

The senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, has urged people not to feel bad for her or her family in light of Sadler's remark. "I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different", McCain Wrote. Some colleagues said afterward that they were unhappy she made the remark, and the White House issued a written statement Thursday expressing respect for Mr. McCain. McCain said he opposes her confirmation as Central Intelligence Agency director because of what she did in the past. She refused all further comment.

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A White House official told CNN Thursday, "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation, and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time". "It happened yesterday (Thursday)", Biden said in a striking statement. The lingering question is: whose example will it be?

Non-profit organisation, Veterans of Foreign Wars, has mistakenly emailed a drafted press release announcing the death of US Senator John McCain, who has been recovering from a surgery and continues to battle an aggressive form of brain cancer, media reported. He left Washington in December and few expect him to return.

Close friend and political ally Senator Lindsey Graham visited McCain last week and the two watched an old movie and talked about McCain's imprint on politics.

The incident came the same day a retired Air Force general called McCain "songbird John" during an appearance on Fox Business Network for allegedly providing information to the North Vietnamese while he was a prisoner of war.