Trump sacks aide who joked about McCain’s death

Kelly Sadler said senator’s nominee opposition didn’t matter because ‘he’s dying anyway’

In this file photo taken on February 9, 2016 US Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Washington: Donald Trump has sacked an aide who said cancer-stricken Senator John McCain’s opposition to a presidential nominee did not matter because “he’s dying anyway,” the White House announced Tuesday.

The White House was roiled by bipartisan fury over the remark attributed to Kelly Sadler in May.

“Kelly Sadler is no longer employed within the Executive Office of the President,” read a statement by deputy White House spokesman Raj Shah.

McCain, 81, had indicated he opposed the nomination of now CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel over her role in enhanced interrogation techniques under president George W. Bush.

The Arizona senator, who was held prisoner and tortured during the Vietnam War, is battling brain cancer.


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