Former White House aide who mocked McCain joins pro-Trump super PAC

Kelly Sadler, the former White House aide who exited after making insensitive comments about the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain: It's 'breaking my heart' Warren is leading Biden in the polls The Hill's 12:30 Report: Video depicting Trump killing media, critics draws backlash Backlash erupts at video depicting Trump killing media, critics MORE (R-Ariz.), has been hired as communications director for the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action.

Sadler is expected to start in her new post on Monday, marking an official return to Trump’s orbit ahead of his 2020 reelection campaign.

“I’m really excited to do everything in my power to help reelect the president of the United States, by joining the great team at America First,” Sadler wrote in an email to The Hill. “The president is solving the problems the American people elected him to do, and I can’t wait to help him win another four years in office, so he can achieve even more.”

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The White House parted ways with Sadler last summer after she dismissed McCain’s opposition to Gina Haspel’s nomination as CIA director because he was “dying anyway,” comments made in a closed-door White House meeting that were first reported by The Hill.

Sources told The Hill they believed Sadler's comment was intended as a joke, but that it did not go over well with others at the meeting.

McCain passed away last August from brain cancer.

The White House did not publicly condemn the comments, saying it would not comment on internal staff matters. Behind the scenes, the revelation triggered a hunt for leakers inside the West Wing.

Sadler reportedly accused strategic communications director Mercedes Schlapp of being behind the leak during a meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE, when Schlapp was also in the room. The White House considered shrinking the communications team or limiting access to meetings to address internal leaks, which staffers blamed for eroding trust and morale.

During her time in the White House, Sadler was charged with coordinating with outside surrogates on messaging and communications efforts. She held the rank of special assistant.

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway hits Republicans for not saying Trump's name while criticizing policy Stephen Miller defends Trump, accuses Democrats of 'witch hunt part two' George Conway, conservative attorneys urge House to move quickly on impeachment MORE told reporters after Sadler’s exit last June that it was possible she could get another job inside the administration.

Sadler did not address her McCain comment publicly, but she called his daughter Meghan McCain afterward to apologize.

“We are very proud to have Kelly Sadler join our team as we build towards victory in 2020,” said Brian Walsh, president of America First Action. “Her commitment to President Trump is unwavering and we are lucky to have someone of her talent and experience at America First.”

Sadler’s hiring was first reported by CNN.

Other former White House officials have joined the group ahead of the 2020 race, including former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerWhite House condemns violent video Trump calls for votes for Spicer on 'Dancing With The Stars' Ex-Trump officials met with Zelensky campaign aides at Trump hotel earlier this year: report MORE, who was tapped to serve as senior adviser

Linda McMahonLinda Marie McMahonIvanka Trump urges support for groups that 'uplift' Baltimore amid father's criticism of city Trump campaign describes Corey Stewart super PAC as 'unconscionable' Pro-Trump group plans to spend 0M in six battleground states MORE recently stepped down as head of the Small Business Administration to join America First Action.