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"It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway".
In his statement on Friday, Biden said McCain is a "general hero" and that he deserves "so much better". He said Wednesday that he believes she's a patriot who loves the country but "her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying".
On Thursday, Kelly Sadler, a special assistant who handles surrogate communications, told other staffers that McCain's opposition to President Donald Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspel does not matter because "he's dying anyway", a White House official told CNN.
According to reports, Sadler later telephoned their daughter Meghan to apologise for her remarks.
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"We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time", the White House said in a statement, according to the Post.
He added that McCain is "a hero, and that "there's no place" for that kind of comment "anywhere in our society, let alone the White House", and that it's "something that needs to have some disciplinary results".
Biden has a longstanding friendship with McCain, who was diagnosed nearly a year ago with the aggressive brain cancer glioblastoma. In a memoir due to be released later this month, McCain accuses fellow Republican Trump of failing to uphold American values.
McCain has been a long-standing critic of the use of torture methods by the United States, having spent time as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, during which time he was himself tortured. "That's why they call him 'Songbird John, ' retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney said". Cindy reminded Sadler that her husband has seven children and five grandchildren. They underline the fact that Mr McCain and Mr Trump represent distinct views of where the Republican Party should be headed.
In an interesting turn, Megan McCain even embraced Sadler's mean-spirited comment with a philosophical view, saying that "we're all dying" and that her dad's diagnosis made her understand "the meaning of life".