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Press Aide Who Mocked McCain Is Out At The White House

The White House communications aide who angered Sen. John McCain's family by mocking his brain cancer is no longer employed by the government

Conway declined to say why Sadler left her job in the White House, which was first reported on Tuesday.

Two unnamed sources told The Hill on May 10 that Sadler dismissed McCain's opposition to the nomination of the new Central Intelligence Agency director by joking, "he's going to die soon anyway".

It is not known if Sadler's comments were the cause of her departure at the White House.

McCain is battling brain cancer. Glioblastoma is considered a grade IV tumor, the most malignant of gliomas.

McCain's wife, Cindy, also tweeted to Sadler, "May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren". "This is not an administration that is capable of apologizing".

Reports about the comment sparked a torrent of criticism and a White House public response that focused on those who leaked the comments and resisted apologizing or addressing the content of Sadler's remark.

It's unclear if Mrs. Sadler resigned or if she was sacked on Tuesday, but Mrs. Conway suggested Mrs. Sadler's comments about Mr. McCain would not preclude her from other jobs within the administration. Schlapp, who was in the room when Sadler made her comment, denied being the source of the leak.

Sadler, a special assistant to the president, compiled and distributed talking points to administration allies, CNN reported. This angered Schlapp, who is married to Matt Schlapp, head of the American Conservative Union. She would go on to serve in the administration for nearly a month until her recent departure, according to CNN.

A senior White House official told the New York Times more exits were expected in the coming weeks.

Sadler's comment spurred an intensive effort inside the West Wing to seek out leakers. It's an honor and a privilege to work for the president and to be part of his administration.