White House employee Unsensitive statements About Senator John McCain Earlier this month, Senator John McCain reportedly accused her boss of sharing information with the press in a personal meeting with President Donald Trump, according to Axios.
The colleague, special assistant Kelly Sadler, was in an Oval Office meeting with Trump and a small group of communications officers – White House Strategic Communications Director Mercedes Schlapp, Deputy Spokesman Raj Shah and Chief of Staff John Kelly – as Trump reports, Sadler asked who leaked to the press in the administration.
According to Axios, Sadler Schlapp, her own boss, has blamed. Axios reported that Schlapp had defended himself "offensively" against Sadler's allegations in the assembly and that other White House officials had later come to their defense.
Axios noted that the four officers and Trump were the only people in the meeting, even though the door to the outer Oval Office was open.
Sadler was the same person who earlier in the month denied Senator John McCain's objections to then-CIA director Gina Haspel with a colorless comment, saying McCain's concerns did not matter, "he's dying anyway."
Reel was confirmed by the Senate on May 17 without a vote from McCain, who has been fighting an aggressive form of brain tumor in Arizona since December.
Although Sadler's comment on McCain was widespread, triggering bipartisan criticism, the White House has so far refused to apologize. Trump Sadler reportedly said she would not be fired for the remark, and White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the press and communications team that she was more upset that Sadler's comment about McCain had leaked out.
"I'm sure this conversation will also end," Sanders said rightly during this meeting, according to Axios. "And that's just disgusting."
In the same session, Schlapp defended her employee and said, "You can write this down: I'm standing with Kelly Sadler."
According to the Axios report, Trump has been plagued by his employees' leaking problem, and officials have said to Axios that it can only be an effective way to blame someone as a leaker, even without Trump Prove evidence to negotiate with other officials they do not like.
For the White House, Axios' report is the second time in two months that details of private meetings about leaks have even been leaked to the press.