Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney defended one White House aide's offputting comments about Sen.
"People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration".
On Thursday, Kelly Sadler, a special assistant who handles surrogate communications, told other staffers that McCain's opposition to President Donald Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspel does not matter because "he's dying anyway", a White House official told CNN. He added that he is "really disappointed that someone would undermine the president by leaking that out of a private meeting".
"The fact is John McCain - [torture] worked on John". It's not like - you might say something really nasty about me off the air, and it really doesn't have that much impact.
"Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying", McCain wrote in a statement. McCain, too sick to attend, sent his friend from across the political aisle to stand in for him. But I know John very well. He won us all over back in the early days when he was just a congressman. John McCain by saying it "doesn't matter" what he thinks because he is "dying anyway". John McCain that have remained a constant. No two ways about it. John McCain, I mean, he gave his entire adult life for this country. Biden lost his son Beau to glioblastoma, the same deadly form of brain cancer that struck McCain.
A source told the news outlet that she was emphasizing that staff members should defend their colleagues whose comments get leaked to the press.
McCain's wife, Cindy, responded with a tweet tagged to Sadler, "May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren".
The White House and the President have not denied or condemned the comment, though a White House official told CNN on Thursday, "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation, and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".
But Biden let them have it yesterday. It's unclear how many people total attended the meeting (six, perhaps?), but given this White House's history of rampant, unchecked blabbing to reporters, it's easy to understand Sanders's mood of indignant resignation. "I am certain it will be John's".