White House refuses comment about Sadler's McCain remark

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The White House on Friday declined to condemn comments made by a special assistant to President Donald Trump dismissing Sen.

Kelly Sadler, a White House communications aide, dismissed Senator McCain's objection to President Donald Trump's nominee to be Central Intelligence Agency director, Gina Haspel, by saying it "doesn't matter, he's dying anyway", a source familiar with the closed White House meeting told Reuters.

The press secretary said South Korean officials would not be present at the June summit. John McCain's health by a communications staffer.

"The fact is, with John McCain, it worked on John". A Fox spokeswoman said Friday that retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney will no longer be allowed on the network.

Democratic former vice-president Joe Biden, a longtime senate colleague and friend of Mr McCain, said in a statement: "People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration".

But she noted that as preparations for the Trump-Kim summit continue, South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit the White House on May 22.

Sanders said Trump is going into the meeting with Kim with "eyes wide open", meaning that he has not made any predictions about what course the talks might take. We have a respect for all Americans, and that is what we try to put forward in everything we do, both in word, and in action, focusing on doing things that help every American in this country, every single day.

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Sanders also confirmed that Sadler remained in her job. And she disputed the suggestion that Trump himself is setting a hurtful tone among his aides with his own disparaging remarks about McCain, who is being treated for brain cancer, and others. But, if you're asking me how they tolerate it, how they live with it...they have more fortitude than I have.

"I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense", McCain said.

Her father is "all about character and bipartisanship and something greater than yourself", Meghan McCain said, before adding a stinging message to the critics: "Nobody's going to remember you".

"He's not a war hero", Mr Trump said.

"What was said yesterday goes beyond the pale; it's a moral failing and unacceptable", Kinzinger tweeted. The comment was first reported by The Hill newspaper.

The people, who were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity, described feeling shocked and stunned by the remark.

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