Offbeat Sanders berates staff for leak of Kelly Sadler McCain comment

02:25  13 may  2018
02:25  13 may  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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“I’m not going to validate a leak one way or the other out of an internal staff meeting,” Ms. Sanders said. Kelly Sadler , a White House aide, made the comments about Mr. McCain during a session with congressional communications staff members.CreditRon Sachs/picture-alliance, via dpa, via

John McCain 's opinion during a closed-door meeting because, she said, "he's dying anyway." White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters she would not comment on an internal staff meeting, but said that Kelly Sadler , the aide in question, remains a White House staffer.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks to reporters in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House, on May 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. © Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks to reporters in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House, on May 7, 2018 in Washington, DC.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders privately berated the White House communications and press staff Friday after a leak the previous day of comments by aide Kelly Sadler about Sen. John McCain, according to several sources familiar with the meeting.

In discussing McCain's opposition to CIA nominee Gina Haspel, Sadler,a special assistant who handles surrogate communications for the White House, said in a private meeting Thursday that it doesn't matter "because he's dying anyway." It was a joke that fell flat, a White House official told CNN.

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“I’m not going to get into the back and forth because, you know, people want to create issues of leaked staff meetings,” Sanders said. Sadler ’s comments followed disparaging remarks made earlier in the day by a retired three-star general and guest of Fox Business Network who said McCain ’s opposition

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Despite publicly refusing to criticize the remark, Sanders told the press staff that Sadler's comment was inappropriate, according to several sources familiar with the meeting.

During the dressing down, Sanders focused more on how the remark was leaked apparently in an attempt to target Sadler with a damaging story, one of the sources told CNN.

White House strategic communications director Mercedes Schlapp spoke up during the session to defend Sadler, one of the sources said.

Both publicly and privately, according to the sources, Sanders has focused more on the leaking of the comment than its substance.

In Friday's White House press briefing, Sanders repeatedly said she would not "validate a leak" or comment on an internal staff meeting.

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Sarah Sanders said she wouldn't comment on leaks from internal staff meetings. It happened yesterday," Biden said. McCain ’s wife, Cindy, tweeted at Sadler on Thursday, writing, “@kellysadler45 May I remind you my husband Trump berates DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over border security.

Kelly Sadler on John McCain . While Sadler has not responded to the comment , a source revealed that she had called Meghan McCain to apologise.

Asked directly why not simply apologize to McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer, and his family, she said: "I'm not going to get into a back and forth because people want to create issues of leaked staff meetings."

Sadler is still employed at the White House, Sanders said Friday.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney testifies during a House Budget Committee hearing concerning the Trump administration's fiscal year 2018 budget, on Capitol Hill, May 24, 2017. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) © Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America/Getty Images Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney testifies during a House Budget Committee hearing concerning the Trump administration's fiscal year 2018 budget, on Capitol Hill, May 24, 2017. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Although he said the purported joke about Sen. John McCain's health was "awful," White House budget director Mick Mulvaney pushed back on calls to fire the aide.

"You have to have freedom to speak in a private meeting, to speak candidly," Mulvaney said Saturday on Fox News. "We've all said things in private, especially in smaller groups that we work with, that we would never say publicly."

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On Thursday, White House aide Kelly Sadler mocked the health of the Arizona senator and Vietnam veteran “He’s dying anyway,” Sadler said when referring to McCain ’s opposition to the appointment of Gina White House press secretary Sarah Sanders didn’t deny the comments on Friday, but

Echoing Sanders' private comments to staffers, Mulvaney said the leak was designed to hurt Sadler and "completely ignored the harm it would do to the McCain family, which is doubly inconsiderate."

"I'm really disappointed that someone would undermine the President by leaking that out of a private meeting," he said, adding that he, as the director of the Office of Management and Budget, was not present at the meeting in which Sadler made the remark.

After her comment was reported Thursday, Sadler called Meghan McCain, the senator's daughter, to apologize for the remark, a source close to the situation told CNN.

Mulvaney told Fox News that in doing so, Sadler handled the situation "appropriately."

However, on "The View" Friday, McCain questioned how Sadler still had her job.

CNN's Abby Phillip contributed to this report.

White House cancels daily communications meeting after McCain joke leaks .
The White House's daily communications staff meeting has not taken place for several days in the wake of someone leaking staffer Kelly Sadler's joke that Sen. John McCain's opinion of Gina Haspel, confirmed Thursday as CIA director, doesn't matter because "he's dying anyway." A senior White House official said the daily communications staff meeting, which brought together more than two dozen press and communications staffers each morning, had not been held for several days.

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