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White House aide who joked about John McCain's ill health is out

08 June 2018

"It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway", The Hill quoted Sadler as saying in a meeting with about two dozen communications aides.

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A White House aide who made a widely-condemned comment about the failing health of Arizona Senator John McCain has left her job in the Trump administration.

Sadler apologised to the McCain family privately, but McCain's daughter asked for a public apology. The White House would not condemn her remark and was said to have assured her that she would not lose her job over the remark. She remained on the staff for almost a month before departing. White House officials bemoaned an environment where presidential aides could not speak their minds in meetings without fearing their remarks could appear later in the press.

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White House aide who joked about John McCain's ill health is out