On Thursday, reports emerged that a White House communications official, Kelly Sadler, had made a dark joke at a meeting in which McCain's opposition to a Central Intelligence Agency directorship nomination by President Donald Trump was discussed. In the summer of 2015, shortly after launching his presidential campaign, Trump mocked McCain's war service, saying of the 2008 Republican presidential nominee: "He's not a war hero". John McCain's health was "awful", but he pushed back on calls to fire the aide. It was a joke that fell flat, a White House official told CNN.
Payne also issued a lengthier apology, saying he regrets not interjecting when retired general Tom McInerney initially made those remarks. "And that's just disgusting", a furious Sanders said, according to one of five people at the meeting who spoke with Axios. As in so much of the senator's life, the rebellious Republican is facing this challenging chapter - battling brain cancer - in his own rule-breaking way, stirring up old fights and starting new ones.
John MacDonald of Lowell, a member of Veterans Assisting Veterans, said it's time to let McCain ease out of politics with dignity.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lambasted the communications team Friday over leaking details of a White House staffer's reported mockery of Arizona Sen.
Haspel, the CIA's acting director, issued a statement: "I have the utmost respect for Senator McCain and I appreciate the thoughtfulness with which he has approached this nomination process".
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The White House had released a more supportive statement Thursday evening that said, "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".
She did not respond to requests for comment Thursday evening or Friday.
On "The View" Friday, McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, expressed disbelief that Sadler had not been fired. "It happened yesterday", Biden said. This was a private meeting inside the White House. The lingering question is whose example will it be.
The 81-year-old senator was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.
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. He left Washington in December and few expect him to return.