White House confirms aide who joked about Sen. John McCain’s health has not been fired

The White House has confirmed that Kelly Sadler, the communications aide who reportedly joked about Senator John McCain “dying,” has not been fired.

During a briefing Friday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders avoided multiple questions about Sadler by repeating her refusal to “validate a leak, one or the other, out of an internal staff meeting.”

However, when a reporter asked if the aide still worked at the White House, Sanders said, “Yes, she does.”

The questions followed a report that during a meeting, Sadler dismissed McCain’s opposition to CIA nominee Gina Haspel by saying, “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.”

The 81-year-old senator from Arizona is currently battling brain cancer.

An official told CNN that Sadler’s comment was meant to be a joke, “but it fell flat.”

Several people, including a Republican Congressman and McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain, have since called for the aide to lose her job over the remark.

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