Published: Mon, May 14, 2018

Comment on 'dying' John McCain draws bipartisan condemnation

Comment on 'dying' John McCain draws bipartisan condemnation

House Speaker Paul Ryan is praising Sen. John McCain "a disgusting thing to say" - adding that he was dissatisfied with the Trump administration's response to the controversy.

John MacDonald of Lowell, a member of Veterans Assisting Veterans, said it's time to let McCain ease out of politics with dignity. "I stand with Kelly Sadler", Schlapp said.

Ernst, who serves with McCain on the Senate Armed Services Committee, tweeted that McCain should be treated as a "war hero" and his family deserves "civility and respect".

The full interview will air Monday at 5 p.m. ET on "SE Cupp Unfiltered" on HLN.

John McCain's (R-AZ) opposition to Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspell because he's "dying" still works in the administration, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday.

John McCain, who was diagnosed with late-stage brain cancer last year and lived through years of captivity during the Vietnam War, refused to vote to confirm Gina Haspel's nomination, stressing that she was not fit to lead the Central Intelligence Agency because of her "disturbing role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans". But I know John very well. John McCain's health condition seemed to jolt the nation's sensibilities. John McCain made sure we reinvested in our military, fixed our Veterans Affairs problems.

Sadler's comments drew bipartisan condemnation.

Now that McCain, 81, is dying of brain cancer and is planning his funeral, criticizing him is considered tasteless.

McCain says some of the tactics used were torture.

Special assistant Kelly Sadler made the insensitive comments in response to McCain's opposition to the nomination of Gina Haspel for Central Intelligence Agency director.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said at a news briefing Friday that she would not "validate a leak" or comment on an internal staff meeting. The Arizona senator spent five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, where he was famously tortured after refusing an opportunity to be released early. "That's why they call him 'Songbird John.' Those methods can work and they are effective, as former Vice President Cheney said".

The former vice president called McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee for president, a "genuine hero" who "deserves better" as he struggles with cancer. Coming to her father's defense, she said his "legacy is going to be talked about hundreds and hundreds of years".

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