The White House aide who brushed off Sen. Sanders is refusing to otherwise weigh in on the comments or condemn them. The day after a White House aide made an insulting comment about the health of Senator John McCain, the President's office refused to acknowledge the remark.
"Given this White House's trail of disrespect toward John and others, this staffer is not the exception to the rule; she is the epitome of it". John McCain showed when "decency would hit rock bottom with this administration".
The 81-year-old Arizona Republican, who has spent three decades in the Senate, was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.
McCain's wife, Cindy, responded with a tweet tagged to Sadler, "May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren".
A White House official told CNN Thursday, "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation, and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time". While defending Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, McInerney said enhanced interrogation techniques do work to induce prisoners to offer valuable information. Senior White House officials have told ABC that she still works in the Trump administration.
With support from her co-hosts, McCain continued to defend her father's character telling viewers it's because of him that she's always had something to believe in. He says "I am certain it will be John's".
That is according to a person in the room who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door meeting.
Sadler's comments drew bipartisan condemnation.
In a video message posted on Twitter, the 2016 GOP rival of Trump demanded that the White House apologize for the "outrageous and totally out-of-line" comment about "American hero" McCain. We have a respect for all Americans.
Sadler is a special assistant to the president.
Sadler's comments followed disparaging remarks made earlier in the day by a retired three-star general and guest of Fox Business Network who said McCain's opposition to Haspel becoming Central Intelligence Agency director was because torture "worked" on McCain "The fact is John McCain - it worked on John", retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney told host Charles Payne.
"I certainly have respect for numerous things that he's accomplished, and so much respect for his family", said Sarah Palin, McCain's former running mate.