Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Reporter Asks About Fake News, Sarah Sanders Responds With A Single Word

Reporter Asks About Fake News, Sarah Sanders Responds With A Single Word

The White House is saying "no comment" on the news that a White House staffer mocked Senator John McCain for dying of brain cancer.

In a statement, the White House did not deny Sadler's comment.

Senator McCain's daughter started out her response to the reported remarks by emphasizing no one should feel sorry for her, or her family.

"I'm not going to comment on an internal staff meeting", she replied.

"There are so many accolades I could heap on to John McCain, but I know John very well", he said. A Fox spokeswoman said Friday that retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney will no longer be allowed on the network.

In the tweet, the president said "The Fake News is working overtime", and cited a study that found 91 percent of broadcast news about the administration is negative.

Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, a long-time Senate colleague of McCain's, pronounced Sadler's remark as the moment when "decency.hit rock bottom with this administration". Biden, who served in the Senate with McCain, lost his son Beau to brain cancer in 2015.

It should come as no surprise that the White House isn't firing or even disciplining someone who would say something so disrespectful to McCain.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Friday declined to acknowledge or condemn a comment that a staffer reportedly said mocking Sen.

"I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense", McCain said. "That is something we try to do in both word and action".

He also said that the White House does not have a responsibility to apologize on Sadler's behalf. The senator, who is at his ranch in Arizona battling brain cancer, said he could not square Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel's failure to condemn torture with his values. I really feel like I understand the meaning of life, and it's now how you die, but how you live'. Instead, she chose to slam the White House aide who leaked details of the meeting.

On Thursday the senator's wife Cindy hammered Sadler on Twitter, writing: 'May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren'.

Sadler, who holds a bachelor's degree in Chinese and International Relations from Hamilton University, and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago, was a reporter and editor for the Washington Times before going to work at the White House in May 2017.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger, a Republican and former US Air Force pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan, blasted Sadler. "It happened yesterday", Biden said in a statement.

Over at Fox Business, program host Charles Payne issued a personal apology to McCain and his family, saying he did not initially hear McInerney's comment as the network's control room was speaking into his earpiece.

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