White House refuses to address McCain comments made by aide

The aide reportedly dismissed the senator's opposing Trump's CIA pick, saying "He's dying anyway."
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what was said inside the white house about John McCain. McCain expressed strong reservations over the president's CIA nominee. Now it's learned that a staffer at the white house said of his opinion, it doesn't matter. He's dying anyway. McCain's daughter is ask how is this person still employed. Here's Mary Bruce. Reporter: Tonight, no explanation, no acknowledgement and no apology from the white house. I'm not going to validate a leak one way or the other out of an internal staff meeting. Reporter: Press secretary Sarah Sanders refusing repeatedly to address comments made by a white house aide, who dismissed John McCain's opposition to the president's nominee to lead the CIA, saying "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway." McCain is battling brain cancer. On "The view" today his daughter Meghan suggested history would be on his father's sides. My father's legacy will be talked about. These people, nothing burgers. Nobody will remember you. She wonder how the staffer still had a job. Meghan McCain his daughter wondered while Kelly Sadler has a job today. Why does she? Cindy mctweeted may I remind you my husband has a family. Reporter: The outrage has been swift. Former vice president Joe Biden saying decency in the trump administraiton has "Hit rock bottom." The attack on McCain came a day after the senator forcefully opposed trump's pick for CIA director, Gina Haspel over role in enhanced interrogations. Saying her "Refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying." In himself was tortured during his five and a half years as a P.O.W. In Vietnam. But on fox yesterday a retired lieutenant general disparaged McCain's experience. The fact is John McCain -- it worked on John. That's why they call him "Songbird John." Reporter: But there is no evidence McCain caved under pressure. Instead giving his captors false information. The ho fox program later apologized. But there's another apology McCain still has yet to receive: One from the president himself, who famously questioned McCain's past during the campaign. He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured. Mary Bruce with us live tonight from Washington. Mary, we know the white house put a statement overnight saying they respect McCain's service to the country and his is in their prayers. We saw when the white house was asked how someone like this remained employed, how did they respond? The white house said very little. No public apology. One source told us that aid did call Meghan McCain to apologize. She's still employed at the house. We're following severe storms at this hour.

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