GOP senator calls on White House aide to apologize for McCain remark

GOP senator calls on White House aide to apologize for McCain remark
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Sen. Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanLincoln Project targets Senate races in Alaska, Maine, Montana with M ad buy Overnight Energy: Official says protesters not cleared from Lafayette Square for Trump | Trump administration blasts banks refusing to fund Arctic drilling | 2019 coal production hit lowest level since 1978 Trump administration blasts banks that refuse to fund arctic drilling MORE (R-Alaska) called on White House aide Kelly Sadler to “show some respect and apologize” after she mocked Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBill Maher delivers mock eulogy for Trump Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column CNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' MORE’s (R-Ariz.) brain cancer diagnosis.

Sullivan was responding to a report from The Hill on Thursday describing how Sadler brushed off McCain’s opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE’s CIA nominee by saying “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.”

"As to the White House official who offered such an insult, she should show some respect and apologize," Sullivan tweeted.

McCain, 81, is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. 

Sullivan called McCain a “great American, a close friend & mentor of mine in the Senate” in a series of tweets on Sunday.

“Making light of this – especially in the senseless and classless manner that’s been described in the media – is simply sad and speaks more broadly to the low levels of civil discourse & respect that have infected our politics on both sides of the aisle. We all need to do better,” Sullivan wrote.

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Sadler made the derisive remark on Thursday during a closed-door meeting at the White House with about two dozen communications staffers.

Politicians from both sides of the aisle have condemned the remark and called on Sadler to apologize publicly.

Sadler, a White House special assistant, called the McCain family to apologize, the senator’s daughter Meghan McCain said this week.

However, Meghan McCain said Sunday that she’s still waiting for the public apology that Sadler promised she would give.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to address the issue during a press briefing on Friday, saying it was a staff matter.

“I'm not going to validate a leak, one way or another, out of an internal staff meeting," Sanders said during her Friday press briefing as reporters peppered her with questions. 

Sanders declined to confirm or deny reports about a public apology from the White House during the briefing.