McCain Irrelevant, ‘He’s Dying Anyway,’ White House Official Said

John McCain Diagnosed With Brain CancerA day after Sen. John McCain urged his Senate colleagues to reject Gina Haspel as CIA director because she had overseen torture of detainees, a White House official reportedly mocked the ailing Arizona Republican, saying his opinion “doesn’t matter” because “he’s dying anyway.”

The Hill first reported the comment later confirmed by The Associated Press. Both cited unnamed individuals in the room when the disparaging remark was made by Kelly Sadler, a special assistant to the president.

McCain, 81, who is suffering from incurable brain cancer, issued a statement on Wednesday calling Haspel’s role in torture “disturbing” and “disqualifying” for the top CIA job.

The White House did not dispute the remark attributed to Sadler, but said in a statement, “We respect Senator McCain’s service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time.