White House doesn't apologize for aide's comment mocking McCain

White House doesn't apologize for aide's comment mocking McCain

White House doesn't apologize for aide's comment mocking McCain

Meghan McCain said she's "surprised" that the White House aide who made disparaging comments about her father has not been fired.

The White House later commended McCain's service to his country, but refused to address the aide's comment when pressed Friday.

Meghan McCain, the Arizona Republican's daughter, responded to Sadler's comment Friday on ABC's "The View".

The White House did not dispute the remark but said in a statement: "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".

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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 spoke out against Haspel after her confirmation hearing earlier this week, saying her responses on her involvement in the George W. Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" program left him concerned.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Saturday that a communications staffer's joke about Sen. John McCain, calling him a "songbird" for his five years spent a prisoner of war in Vietnam. We have a respect for all Americans. "I really feel like I understand the meaning of life, and it is not how you die, it's how you live", she said. McCain, meanwhile, has been one of the president's most prominent Republican critics and apparently does not want Trump at his funeral. While defending Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, McInerney said enhanced interrogation techniques do work to induce prisoners to offer valuable information.

The 81-year-old senator was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.

As for the president, he and McCain have had a troubled relationship.

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McCain has recounted stories of lying to his interrogators under torture, including giving them the names of the Green Bay Packers' offensive line instead of the names of his own squadron. "I stand with Kelly Sadler", Schlapp said.

She reportedly added that the leak had bungled what should have been a positive day for an embattled White House, because that was the same day President Donald Trump welcomed home three American prisoners who had just been released by North Korea. "Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying".

On Wednesday, McCain - who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam - said in a statement that Gina Haspel's role in a Bush-era Central Intelligence Agency torture program was "disturbing" and "disqualifying".

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