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Kelly Sadler: Aide who mocked McCain exits White House

June 5, 2018 4:16 pm

A White House communications aide who drew criticism for reportedly joking about Senator John McCain’s cancer has left her role, an official says.

Kelly Sadler raised eyebrows last month after reports emerged she had said the Republican senator’s vote did not matter because he was “dying anyway”.

The remark came during a meeting over CIA Director Gina Haspel, whose nomination Mr McCain had opposed.

Mr McCain, 81, has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer.

“Kelly Sadler is no longer employed within the Executive Office of the President,” White House spokesman Raj Shah told the BBC in a statement on Tuesday.

After last month’s reports over the comment, Ms Sadler, a special assistant to the president, called the senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain, to apologise, according to the Hill newspaper.