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 SullivanAlaska in lockdown over leadership stalemate Bennet gives emotional speech ripping into Cruz over shutdown Trump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  MORE (R-Alaska) called on White House aide Kelly Sadler to “show some respect and apologize” after she mocked Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal Mark Kelly launches Senate bid in Arizona 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 TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could 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.