Kelly Sadler, a White House communications aide who in May said Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) opposition to Trump’s CIA pick Gina Haspel, didn’t matter because, “he’s dying anyway,” has been “let go,” CNN reported Tuesday.
Raj Shah, Principal Deputy Press Secretary for the White House, issued an email statement, via CNN, “Kelly Sadler is no longer employed within the Executive Office of the President.”
CNN explains the White House has been “strategizing an exit for Sadler for the last two weeks.” It is unclear if she is going somewhere else or leaving the administration entirely.
The meeting in which Sadler made what is called a “joke,” about Senator McCain leaked to the press and started a firestorm not just with the public outrage over such a callous statement being said about a Senator who has brain cancer, but the White House raged war turning the story on it’s head pointing the finger at the leaker of the story being far worse than what Sadler had said.
President Trump called the leakers, “traitors and cowards,” via twitter
The so-called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible. With that being said, leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018
Sarah Sanders in an appearance on Fox and Friends, called the leaks “disgusting,” and “some of the most shameful behavior that you can ever engage in.”
As the The News Blender reported last Wednesday the tension over the leaks led to the President calling a meeting with a small group of staffers, in attendance, “Sadler, Mercedes Schlapp (strategic communications director), Raj Shah (deputy press secretary), and Chief of Staff John Kelly.” According to multiple sources, the President asked the room who the leaker was, Sadler, pointed the finger at her boss, Schlapp.
On Tuesday after CNN broke the news that Sadler had been “let go,” the New York Times reported that according to White House aides, that tension between the two had reached a point where they could no longer be in the same room together.
Meghan McCain asked for a public apology, none came, but Sadler did call Meghan McCain and apologize.
According to the Times, “At ABC News, on an email chain that included the White House statement about Ms. Sadler’s departure, one network employee — Ms. McCain — replied to everyone: “Bye, Felicia.”