Meanwhile, the White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, refused to give a clear answer whether Kelly Sadler had actually said that the senator's opinion on Central Intelligence Agency chief nominee Gina Haspel did not matter because "he's dying anyway".
"Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying".
She closed her comments questioning Sadler's position in the White House. While defending Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, McInerney said enhanced interrogation techniques do work to induce prisoners to offer valuable information. "And that's all I have to say about that", McCain said. It was a joke that fell flat, a White House official told CNN.
Fox News cut ties with retired military general Tom McInerney, who said torture worked on "Songbird" John McCain when he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
John McCain is not signing off quietly.
Former Vice President Joe Biden wrote: "People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration". In the summer of 2015, shortly after launching his presidential campaign, Trump mocked McCain's war service, saying of the 2008 Republican presidential nominee: "He's not a war hero".
The 81-year-old senator was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. He left Washington in December and few expect him to return.
Echoing Sanders' private comments to staffers, Mulvaney said the leak was created to hurt Sadler and "completely ignored the harm it would do to the McCain family, which is doubly inconsiderate".
The former vice president called McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee for president, a "genuine hero" who "deserves better" as he struggles with cancer. We've all said things in private, especially in smaller groups that we work with, that we would never say publicly. John McCain's health condition seemed to jolt the nation's sensibilities. McCain said he opposes her confirmation as Central Intelligence Agency director because of what she did in the past. "It was a badly considered joke, an bad joke, that she said fell flat".