Conway: Aide who insulted McCain could get another administration job

Conway: Aide who insulted McCain could get another administration job
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Kelly Sadler, the aide who was ousted from the White House after making disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMartha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter Meghan McCain blasts NY Times: 'Everyone already knows how much you despise' conservative women GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials MORE (R-Ariz.), has other job opportunities in the Trump administration, according to top adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayKellyanne Conway knocks Biden, talks up Sanders in Wash Post op-ed Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments 'Emotion' from Trump's legal team wins presidential plaudits MORE

“It’s my understanding that Ms. Sadler is eligible for some of these positions,” Conway told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. 

Conway said it is up to Sadler if she wants to remain in the administration, possibly in a Cabinet agency role. 


The White House counselor refused to state why Sadler was pushed out of her White House job. 

The White House announced the move nearly a month after Sadler said in an internal meeting that McCain’s opposition to now-CIA Director Gina Haspel's nomination did not matter because “he’s dying anyway,” remarks that were first reported by The Hill

Several media outlets have reported that Sadler was axed because she accused her supervisor, strategic communications director Mercedes Schlapp, of leaking during an Oval Office meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE

The White House never publicly apologized for Sadler’s comments, instead focusing on how the remarks were leaked to the press.

West Wing aides said they were carrying out a hunt for leakers and taking other steps to stop unauthorized disclosures, such as reducing the size of communications staff meetings and even pushing people off the team. 

Conway said more moves could be made “in the near future.”