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 McCainArizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ Trump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Another recession could hit US in 2019, says credit union association chief MORE (R-Ariz.), has other job opportunities in the Trump administration, according to top adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayOn The Money: Cohen reportedly questioned over Trump dealings with Russia | Trump hails economy | Tells workers to 'start looking' if they want a better job | Internal poll shows tax law backfiring on GOP Melania Trump's spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet CNN's Cuomo signs on with SiriusXM to host weekday radio show 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 TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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.”