WH aide told Meghan McCain she would apologize publicly for morbid joke, but hasn't

White House aide Kelly Sadler promised Meghan McCain she would apologize publicly for mocking her father's health, a ...

Posted: May 14, 2018 10:23 AM
Updated: May 14, 2018 10:23 AM

White House aide Kelly Sadler promised Meghan McCain she would apologize publicly for mocking her father's health, a source familiar with the conversation has told CNN, but Sadler has yet to do so.

Sadler, a special assistant for surrogate communications, made the promise in an apologetic phone call to McCain after it was reported that she had jokingly said of Sen. John McCain, "he's dying anyway," in response to his opposition to President Donald Trump's pick for CIA director, Gina Haspel. The Republican senator is currently at home in Arizona as he battles brain cancer after receiving a diagnosis last year.

During the phone call, McCain told Sadler she needed to apologize publicly, and the White House aide said she would, according to the source. As of Sunday, however, neither the White House nor Sadler has made a public apology.

Sadler did not immediately return a request for comment Sunday.

On Friday, Meghan McCain responded to the reports on Sadler's remarks, which she made Thursday in a private meeting, by questioning how the White House aide could still be employed.

"I don't understand what kind of environment you're working in when that would be acceptable and then you can come to work the next day and still have a job," she said on ABC's "The View."

A White House official told CNN on Thursday that Sadler meant the comment as joke, "but it fell flat."

The White House has not denounced the remark, which has drawn condemnation from prominent political figures, including Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who is a close friend of McCain's, and former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders privately admonished communications and press staff on Friday over the leaked comment, according to several sources familiar with the meeting. But Sanders has focused more on the leaking of the comment than its substance, according to the sources.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2012806

Reported Deaths: 51732
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings26711410025
Queens2656739604
Suffolk1945123323
Nassau1782353121
Bronx1760716405
New York1330424342
Westchester1262782246
Erie835241718
Richmond713901760
Monroe617161036
Orange46388782
Rockland45849946
Onondaga36254663
Dutchess28147438
Albany23800347
Oneida21556498
Niagara18486335
Broome17559348
Saratoga14517163
Ulster13159244
Schenectady12471193
Rensselaer10745136
Putnam1027491
Chautauqua8459137
Chemung7209133
Oswego703490
Ontario693992
Steuben6355142
St. Lawrence624695
Sullivan621070
Cayuga591590
Jefferson548765
Wayne530467
Cattaraugus521382
Genesee5102121
Herkimer4946107
Clinton458233
Madison432186
Fulton412288
Tompkins407749
Livingston403858
Montgomery3923117
Columbia3848100
Cortland356960
Tioga345058
Warren341856
Wyoming328251
Otsego322147
Allegany320483
Greene315674
Chenango313874
Washington287955
Orleans280183
Lewis248134
Franklin241312
Delaware219537
Seneca188956
Schoharie156816
Essex150826
Yates111226
Schuyler99314
Hamilton3012
Unassigned13864
Out of NY0218
Rome
Partly Cloudy
33° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 27°
Binghamton
Clear
28° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 19°
Rome
Partly Cloudy
33° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 27°
Rome
Mostly Cloudy
33° wxIcon
Hi: 32° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 27°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Enter the Rock Your Body Giveaway from Alivana Aesthetics
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!