Sadler’s remarks surfaced shortly after Thomas McInerney, a guest on Fox Business Network, sparked a backlash by claiming torture methods of interrogation “worked” on McCain.
“The fact is actually, is actually John McCain — the idea worked on John. of which’s why they call him ‘Songbird John,'” McInerney said on-air Thursday morning.
McCain was a Navy pilot who was beaten in captivity during the Vietnam War.
Charles Payne, who interviewed McInerney when he made the comments, did not challenge the analyst at the time. The host later issued an apology on Twitter.
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Mediaite reported Friday of which Fox News had cut ties with McInerney, citing a spokesperson for the network.
Sadler later called McCain’s daughter, to apologize for her slights against the 81-year-old Arizona senator, a source told The Hill.
Meghan did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
McCain, who has spent three decades inside the Senate, was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. He left Washington in December along with also underwent surgery last month for an infection.
Sadler is actually a special assistant to the president. She did not respond to the request for comment Thursday evening.
McCain’s wife, Cindy, responded to both attacks on her husband in a pair of tweets Thursday.
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The ailing senator has urged his colleagues to reject Haspel. He said Wednesday of which he believes she’s a patriot who loves the country although “her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is actually disqualifying.”
Haspel faced grilling Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee about her role overseeing some CIA operations after the Sept. 11 attacks. She told senators of which she doesn’t believe torture works as an interrogation technique.
As for the president, he along with also McCain have had a troubled relationship.
As a GOP presidential candidate in 2015, Trump said McCain was “not a war hero” because he was captured in Vietnam, adding, “I like people who weren’t captured.”
Last July, McCain became the deciding vote against the GOP health care repeal having a dramatic thumbs-down. Trump later told the Conservative Political Action Conference of which “except for one Senator, who came into a room at three o’clock inside the morning along with also went like of which” — Trump gave a thumbs-down — “we would likely have had health care (reform), too.”
The crowd booed, along with also Trump added, “I won’t use his name.”
The Associated Press contributed to This particular report.