Aide Who Joked That Sen. John McCain Is ‘Dying Anyway’ No Longer Works at the White House

Then-special assistant to President Donald Trum  Kelly Sadler attends a forum at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington, D.C.,on March 22, 2018.
Then-special assistant to President Donald Trum Kelly Sadler attends a forum at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House in Washington, D.C.,on March 22, 2018.
Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta (AP Images)

Kelly Sadler, the White House aide who made national news when she “joked” that no one in the Trump administration should care what Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) thinks because “he’s dying anyway,” has left the White House.

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The West Wing aide made the comment to colleagues during a closed-door meeting last month; she was referring to McCain’s opinion regarding President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee. The 81-year-old McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, in July.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says, “Kelly Sadler is no longer employed within the Executive Office of the President,” the Associated Press reports.

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Sadler’s comment received broad criticism, but instead of offering McCain an apology, Trump demanded a crackdown to prevent leaks to the media. Sadler apologized to the McCain family privately, but McCain’s daughter asked for a public apology, AP reports.

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OctoberSurprise
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As I understand it she wasn’t fired for the McCain comment. Supposedly Trump told her she wouldn’t be fired for that. What did Sadler in was her comments in a meeting with Trump. Trump asked the room who they thought were leakers and Sadler spoke up and named...get this...her boss who was standing right there. Now she is out of a job not because she made a reprehensible remark about a sitting US Senator, but because she tried to backstab her boss to her face.