There’s been a fierce backlash after it was revealed that White House staffer Kelly Sadler mocked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) for having brain cancer. McCain opposed Donald Trump’s CIA nominee over her failure to condemn torture, so during a meeting, Sadler said, “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.” For the record, McCain is a husband, father, and grandfather. He served in the military and was a POW for over 5 years. During the campaign, Trumpy McBoneSpurs mocked him for that.
White House Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was angry with her staff on Friday over Sandler’s remark. Sanders reportedly called the comment “unacceptable,” but she was said to be more upset about the leak than the comment.
Jonathan Swan from Axios described the leaks coming from the White House as “unheard of.”
Swan said during an MSNBC appearance that five sources detailed a meeting Huckabee Sanders had with the White House communications team. She blasted the leakers, then later, of course, the contents of that meeting was promptly leaked to Swan.
According to Swan, a “visibly upset and furious” Huckabee Sanders told the group of 20 or so staffers that she was “sure this conversation is going to leak, too. And that’s just disgusting.”
Swan was also told that White House strategic communications director Mercedes Schlapp threw her support behind Sadler.
“You can put this on the record… I stand with Kelly Sadler,” Schlapp said.
Swan’s report was confirmed.
A source close to Mercedes Schlapp confirms @jonathanvswan reporting … adding that Kelly Sadler’s remark “was not the best choice of words” but that White House staffers “have to stop turning on each other” and leaking remarks made in private meetings. https://t.co/tdPDpXgaDW
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) May 12, 2018
A source close to Schlapp told Swan that “her point was that when one staff member is publicly targeted by other members of the staff, she thinks that’s inappropriate and the team should support staffers who are subjected to leaks.”
How about this: Don’t say awful things.
By midday, the news of Sanders’ fury at the inner circle has already made the rounds on the morning news:
Swan described the White House press team as “in complete disarray.” Actually, the White House has been in disarray since Trump took the oath of office.
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