White House aide who called John McCain irrelevant because he's dying leaves position

Kelly Sadler and John McCain.
Kelly Sadler and John McCain. Photo credit: Reuters

It's been revealed the woman who called John McCain irrelevant because he's dying is no longer employed at the White House.

Communications staff member Kelly Sadler made the comments in response to Mr McCain's opposition to the White House nominee for CIA director Gina Haspel, the Washington Post reports.

"It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway," she said, according to a leak from inside the meeting.

Mr McCain has spent the past several months convalescing at his home in Arizona as he battles terminal brain cancer.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening, White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said that Ms Sadler was no longer employed within the executive office of the President.

Officials told the Washington Post her departure was not related to comments about Mr McCain, but rather an internal dispute with the White House director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp.

It is not known whether she resigned or was fired.

Ms Sadler was not punished by White House staff for her comments. Rather, any public criticism was directed at those responsible for leaking them to the press.

After the comments were first reported, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to address them, focussing on the leak.

President Donald Trump reacted in a similar fashion and called Ms Sadler and other staff into the Oval Office to ask about the source of the leak.

In the meeting Ms Sadler accused Ms Schlapp of being the source, leading to a rift between the two.

Ms Sanders later criticised her staff for releasing information to reporters.