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Comment on 'dying' John McCain draws bipartisan condemnation

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Leonard Rios | 14 May, 2018, 20:42

The White House is refusing to condemn a staffer who said during a closed-door meeting that Arizona Senator John McCain's opinion "doesn't matter" because 'he's dying anyway.' White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the aide, Kelly Sadler, still works for the White House.

"I'm not going to validate a leak, one way or the other, out of an internal staff meeting", Sarah Sanders told reporters on Friday, as she insisted that Trump's pugnacious style does not set guidelines for White House discourse.

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".

Sadler's comment comes amid tension between the White House and McCain, 81, who has been at home in Arizona fighting brain cancer.

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.

As in so much of the senator's extraordinary 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. McCain, 81, also said he wished he had chosen CT U.S. Sen. He left Washington in December and underwent surgery last month for an infection.

"I don't perceive what sort of setting you're working in when that might be acceptable and you'll come to work the subsequent day and nonetheless have a job", McCain stated.

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"My father's legacy is going to be talked about for hundreds and hundreds of years", she added.

McCain said that while he understands the urgency that drove the decision to resort to the so-called enhanced interrogation methods to keep the nation safe, it is also important that the methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency "must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world".

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

"No one is condoning the remark", a source in the room argued. Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief for The Washington Post.

Trump, for his part, once mocked McCain's war service, saying during the presidential campaign that "I like people that weren't captured".

Sadler's comments drew bipartisan condemnation.

Her role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is "disturbing", he says.

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