After a leak of a meeting on Friday, Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary, spoke after a Trump administration staffer made a comment about Senator John McCain, saying “he’s dying anyway”.
According to reports by The Guardian and Independent, Cindy McCain, the Senators wife, tweeted about the staffer’s comments about her husband, saying “May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children, and 5 grandchildren.”
Kelly Sadler, the Trump administration staffer, replied saying: “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.” Senator John McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer of the brain last year, going under for an infection and leaving Washington. Now living in Arizona, the Senator has been there since December, not returning to Washington and focusing on publishing a book named “The Restless Wave” within the month.
As a US Navy veteran who was captured and tortured, the Senator voiced his arguments after CIA director nominee, Gina Haspel, would not call methods of interrogation conducted by the CIA “torture”.
Senator McCain went on to say: “I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defence,” and “However, Ms Haspel’s role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying,” according to Independent.
After ordering the destruction of hundreds and hundreds of CIA waterboarding videos, with the CIA claiming that she had ordered and signed for the command. Once nominated, outrage followed after many senators and citizens involved human rights expressed outrage and opposition. Many letters were sent to senators by former diplomats, saying her nomination would “send a terrible signal to confirm as the next director of the CIA someone who was so intimately involved in this dark chapter of our nation’s history”.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Senator McCain have spoken and expressed their opposition towards her nomination.