A former White House aide who once made fun of the late-Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for “dying” will head communications for a pro-Trump super PAC called America First Action, CNN reported Friday.
In a statement to the network, Kelly Sadler, who once served as a communications aide in the White House before departing last summer, said she was excited to do “everything in my power to help reelect” Trump.
Sadler left the White House after remarks she made during a communications meeting were leaked to the press. During the meeting, Sadler reportedly mocked McCain, saying his opposition to the nomination of now-CIA Director Gina Haspel didn’t matter because the late senator was “dying anyway.” McCain passed away from a battle with brain cancer in August.
Sadler never apologized publicly for the remark, but privately called McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain to apologize.
The episode launched the White House into hyper-paranoid mode, sparking efforts to combat leaking by cutting down the size of the communications staff and banning personal cell phones within the West Wing.