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Who Is Kelly Sadler? Cindy McCain Hits Back at White House Aide Who Reportedly Mocked John McCain’s Cancer

Cindy McCain, the wife of Senator John McCain, hit back at a White House aide who reportedly mocked the Arizona Republican who is battling brain cancer. After McCain came out in opposition to the nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA director, special assistant to President Donald Trump Kelly Sadler responded in a closed-door White House meeting by saying “it doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” sources told both CNN and The Hill.

The White House has not denied the allegations. While not confirmed, Cindy McCain made her feelings clear in a tweet shortly after the reports surfaced.

“May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren,” she tweeted at Sadler.

 

 

Sadler, whose account is verified, did not immediately respond to McCain’s tweet.

Prior to taking a job at the White House in May 2017, Sadler was an editor and reporter at the conservative publication The Washington Times for three years. There, she wrote several pieces that cast Trump’s presidency in a positive light. According to her LinkedIn page, she was also previously a reporter at Bloomberg. Her husband, Frank Sadler, served as campaign manager for Carly Fiorina during her short-lived campaign to garner the Republican nomination for president.

Sadler’s comments about McCain came after he said that Haspel’s role in torture made her unfit to lead the CIA. McCain was tortured during his captivity at the hands of the North Vietnamese.

“Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing," McCain said in a statement. "Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying. I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination."

John McCain, Cindy McCain From left: Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his wife, Cindy McCain, in Washington, D.C., on July 25, 2017. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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