A bipartisan pair of congressmen introduced a resolution calling on the White House to publicly apologize to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., over comments that a White House aide reportedly made about McCain.
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., coauthored the bill because McCain "deserves dignity and respect," a Cleaver press release stated.
The congressmen referred to comments reportedly made by White House aide Kelly Sadler. When discussing McCain’s opposition to the nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA, Sadler reportedly said, "It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway."
"These comments are outrageous and unacceptable," Jones said in the release.
In calling for the apology, Cleaver wrote, "The president, perhaps more so than any elected official in this great country, should practice the politics of decency."
"While this apology should have already taken place, it is never too late to apologize," the resolution said.
Reports of the comments from Sadler being leaked drew a rebuke from President Donald Trump, calling the leakers "traitors and cowards." McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain, a commentator on ABC’s "The View," said that her father’s office never had leaks because "you have leaking problems when you don’t have loyalty… when you’re not inspiring loyalty."
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