White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters she would not comment on an internal staff meeting, but said that Kelly Sadler, the aide in question, remains a White House staffer.
Meanwhile, the White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, refused to give a clear answer whether Kelly Sadler had actually said that the senator's opinion on Central Intelligence Agency chief nominee Gina Haspel did not matter because "he's dying anyway".
Sadler's comments followed disparaging remarks made earlier in the day by a retired three-star general and guest of Fox Business Network who said McCain's opposition to Haspel becoming Central Intelligence Agency director was because torture "worked" on McCain "The fact is John McCain - it worked on John", retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney told host Charles Payne.
Sadler is still employed at the White House, Sanders said Friday. "I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different", McCain Wrote.
But let's look at this in context, that was said in a private meeting, inside the White House.
She reportedly called Meghan McCain, the senator's daughter, to apologize on Thursday evening.More news: Heavy showers, thunderstorms expected Saturday
"People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration", Biden said in a statement yesterday.
Sadler's reported remarks add to the Trump administration's troubled history with McCain.
Close friend and political ally Senator Lindsey Graham visited McCain last week and the two watched an old movie and talked about McCain's imprint on politics. "My dad's about character and bipartisanship and something greater than yourself, and believing in this country and believing in the fact that we as Americans can still come together", she continued.
McCain went on to say that her family is "really strong" and they have been surrounded by love, prayer and positive energy during her father's recovery.