White House Aide Kelly Sadler out After Not Apologizing Publicly for ‘Dying’ John McCain Comment: Report

White House communications aide Kelly Sadler, who mocked ailing Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, is reportedly no longer employed by the Trump administration.

Related: Watch: Meghan McCain slams White House for not firing aide who mocked her father’s cancer

Sadler’s departure from the White House was reported by CNN on Tuesday evening based on three sources familiar with the matter. It is unclear whether Sadler was fired or resigned.

She stayed on staff for nearly a month after saying in a May 10 closed-door meeting with White House communications staff that McCain’s opposition to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA director “doesn’t matter—he’s dying anyway.” McCain is battling brain cancer.

The senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain, on ABC’s The View the following day said, “Whatever you want to say, in this kind of environment, the thing that surprises me the most is, I don't understand what kind of environment you're working in when that would be acceptable and then you could come to work the next day and still have a job."

Sadler promised a public apology to Meghan McCain but only apologized personally.

When pressured by Fox & Friends host Abby Huntsman on whether a public apology was coming, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dodged the question.

“Look, I can tell you there are a couple of bad actors,” Sanders said mid-May, and added that leaking “is disgusting and some of the most shameful behavior that you could ever engage in.”

“I don’t think we should continue to validate the leaks that come out by making that the focus of what we’re doing,” Sanders said, focusing on the issue of leaking rather than Sadler's comment itself. “I think there’s some incredible things that this president is doing that literally have massive global impacts, and I think that’s what we should be talking about.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Newsweek on Tuesday evening regarding Sadler’s reported departure.

Sadler served as a special assistant to Trump, gathering and disseminating talking points to allies of the administration, among other duties.

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