Kellyanne Conway says aide who mocked John McCain's terminal cancer could still work in the White House

  • White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said former press aide Kelly Sadler would be welcome to work in other positions in the Trump administration.
  • Sadler left the White House after allegedly mocking Sen. John McCain’s terminal brain cancer diagnosis.
  • Conway would not say if such comments were disqualifying for working in the administration.

During a Wednesday morning appearance on CNN’s “New Day” with John Berman, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said former press aide Kelly Sadler, who left the White House after allegedly insulting Sen. John McCain, would still be welcome to work a different job in the Trump administration.

Two unnamed sources told The Hill on May 10 that Sadler dismissed McCain’s opposition to the nomination of the new CIA director by joking, “he’s going to die soon anyway.” McCain suffers from a rare form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that Sadler had quit, but Conway would not say whether her departure was related to her comments about McCain, claiming she could not comment on personnel issues.

“Yes, there are other administration jobs open to her and to others who would like to interview for those jobs,” Conway responded when asked whether Sadler would be considered for other positions.

Conway did not give a direct answer when pressed by Berman on whether Sadler’s comments would disqualify her from working in the administration.

“Kelly Sadler has been told that there are administration jobs that fit with her skill set and her experiences and that the rest is really her choice,” Conway replied.

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