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Sen. John Mc Cain receives the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in October

Sen. John Mc Cain receives the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in October

Sadler was discussing McCain's opposition to Trump's pick for Central Intelligence Agency director, Gina Haspel, at a communications staff meeting on Thursday when she said that, "it doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway", two people in the room confirmed to The Associated Press.

"The fact is, with John McCain, it worked on John".

The White House had released a more supportive statement Thursday evening that said, "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".

A network spokesperson said Mr McInerney would no longer be invited to appear on the Fox Business Network or Fox News.

Democratic former vice-president Joe Biden, a longtime senate colleague and friend of Mr McCain, said in a statement: "People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration".

Trump's press secretary offered no contrition when asked about the flap.

"There is not a tone set here", Sanders said.

Sanders also confirmed that Sadler remained in her job.

Mr McCain, who has spent the past several weeks convalescing at his home in Arizona as he battles brain cancer, released a statement after Ms Haspel's Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, slamming her for refusing to condemn torture. "And I think if you look at the policies we've put forth, you'll see that reflected", she said. White House deputy spokesman Raj Shah told reporters the Asian island state was selected for its security and neutrality.

"I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense", McCain said.

She added, "Don't feel bad for me or my family".

"He's not a war hero", Mr Trump said.

"I am left speechless and with a sense of horror about the insensitive, crass and cruel remarks by a White House aide reflecting the administration's position on a heroic American's courageous fight", House Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee wrote.

"What was said yesterday goes beyond the pale; it's a moral failing and unacceptable", Kinzinger tweeted.

The people, who were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity, described feeling shocked and stunned by the remark.

Over at Fox Business, programme host Charles Payne issued a personal apology to McCain and his family, saying he did not initially hear McInerney's comment as the network's control room was speaking into his earpiece.

Mr McCain was the Republican Party's presidential candidate in 2008.

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