McCain 'surprised' WH aide not fired for snide remark

Sen. John Mc Cain and CNN's Jake Tapper

Sen. John Mc Cain and CNN's Jake Tapper

The White House on Friday declined to condemn comments made by a special assistant to President Donald Trump dismissing Sen. John McCain leaked from a closed-door meeting, according to multiple senior White House officials. John McCain urged his Senate colleagues to reject Gina Haspel as Central Intelligence Agency director because she had overseen torture of detainees, a White House official reportedly mocked the ailing Arizona Republican, saying his opinion "doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway".

"I'm not going to validate a leak out of an internal staff meeting one way or the other", she said. "I like people that weren't captured". "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway", the comment went, according to reports.

But she focused on the positivity she's experienced from others since her father was diagnosed past year with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He left Washington in December and few expect him to return.

The Media Research Center studied all broadcast evening news coverage of the President from January 1 through April 30, and found 90 percent of the evaluative comments about Trump were negative - precisely the same hostile tone we documented in 2017.

"John McCain deserves much more respect than he's receiving". Flake is undecided on Haspel and said McCain's position is weighing on his own decision-making.

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said that if McCain were in Washington, he could speak directly to his colleagues, but "his statement was so clear it was hard to miss the point that he made".

McCain's wife, Cindy, and daughter Meghan both quickly condemned the comments.

"Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying, "McCain, the Senate's moral authority on the topic, said in a statement". "Because of him, we're going to do our best to the job he would want us to do which is to make sure we can authorize legislation for the forces and do it in a bipartisan, principled way", Reed said.

Haspel faced grilling Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee about her role overseeing some CIA operations after the September 11 attacks.

The fallout dominated yesterday's White House press briefing and had some veterans and a U.S. Naval Academy graduate steaming. McCain famously voted down a White House-led effort to repeal Obamacare.

She was on the assembly standing on the different facet of the room and didn't apologize for the remark, based on folks within the room.

The crowd booed, and Trump added, "I won't use his name".

On Friday, the former vice president denounced Sadler's comments as the end of "decency" in an administration that already had that quality in extremely short supply.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lashed out at the White House communications team for "selfish" leaks to the press, Axios reported on Saturday.

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