Amanda Carpenter was struck by a reported comment from White House official Mercedes Schlapp defending Kelly Sadler from the leak, given the outrage she expressed by Michelle Wolf's jokes about Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
About 20 people were in the room; some gasped while a few laughed, according to some who were there, but no one challenged Ms. Sadler at the time.
A White House official told CNN Thursday, "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation, and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".
Meghan McCain responded to a White House aide's joke about her father's cancer by telling watchers of "The View" not to feel bad for her or her family because they're sustained by love and prayer. She refused all further comment.
McCain is at home in Arizona as he undergoes treatment after receiving a diagnosis of brain cancer past year. He left Washington in December and underwent surgery last month for an infection. John McCain's health condition seemed to jolt the nation's sensibilities. McCain's long-distance rejection of Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Gina Haspel's history with torture goaded former vice-president Dick Cheney into a fresh debate over waterboarding and other now-banned interrogation techniques. "That's why they call him 'Songbird John.' Those methods can work and they are effective, as former Vice President Cheney said".
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She reportedly added that the leak had bungled what should have been a positive day for an embattled White House, because that was the same day President Donald Trump welcomed home three American prisoners who had just been released by North Korea.
Sen. McCain, a Navy pilot who was beaten in captivity during the Vietnam War, has urged his fellow senators to reject Haspel. McCain famously voted down a White House-led effort to repeal Obamacare.
As for the president, he and McCain have had a troubled relationship.
"We have a respect for all Americans and that is what we try to put forward in everything we do both in word and in action", Sanders said. And Cheney, who was an architect of the post-September 11, 2001, strategy, said he would keep the programme active and ready for deployment, and doesn't think it amounted to torture.
Axios reported Saturday that while Sanders said Sadler's comment was inappropriate, that did not justify leaking it to the media.