There truly is no end to the disrespect rampant in the Trump White House.
Last week, a leak exposed the closed-door remark White House aide Kelly Sadler callously tossed at ailing Senator John McCain in response to his opposition for Trump’s pick to lead the CIA.
On Monday of this week, White House spokesperson Raj Shah donned Huckabee Sanders quintessential smoky eye of burnt facts to take new questions about Sadler’s indifferent dismissal of McCain’s impending demise and doubled down on their defense of Sadler, insisting the matter is “being addressed internally.”
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Shah confirmed that Sadler contacted McCain’s daughter Meghan to apologize for her comments, but also suggested a public apology would not take place, telling reporters:
“I understand the focus on this issue, but it is going to be dealt with and has been dealt with internally.”
As a reminder, Sadler mocked McCain’s opposition to torture-happy Gina Haspel’s CIA nomination by chiding, “it doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.” Though his daughter Meghan pointed out that we are all dying, Sadler was poking fun at the senator’s rapidly declining health amid his battle with stage four glioblastoma, a particularly sinister form of brain cancer.
In a move obviously learned from his boss, Shah focused on the fact that the remark was leaked and not the content of her comments.
“If you aren’t able, in internal meetings, to speak your mind or convey thoughts or say anything that you feel without feeling like your colleagues will betray you, that creates a very difficult work environment.“
Yes, what causes a hostile work environment is when you restrict your colleagues’ ability to openly mock and insult whomever you choose.
For the record, Shah was leading the meeting in question when Sadler made the remark.
Seems more like he’s covering for his own inability to control a room and lead a meeting than anything else.
Watch it here:
"This is an internal matter, it's being addressed internally, and I don't have anything further to add," Deputy White House Press Sec. Raj Shah tells @CeciliaVega on comment dismissing John McCain as "dying anyway." https://t.co/SVHCBSuGQe pic.twitter.com/rvzTfdcteo
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