Fox & Friends hosts confronted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday about a public apology for a Trump aide’s leaked comment that Senator John McCain is “dying,” but Sanders dodged an answer.
A host on the Fox News show, Steve Doocy, asked Sanders, “What the heck is going on?” regarding White House aide Kelly Sadler’s alleged remark last Thursday that McCain’s opposition to President Donald Trump nominating Gina Haspel for CIA director “doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.” In another leak from an internal staff meeting Friday, White House strategic communications director Mercedes Schlapp allegedly said, “You can put this on the record … I stand with Kelly Sadler.”
“Look, I can tell you there are a couple of bad actors,” said Sanders, adding that leaking “is disgusting and some of the most shameful behavior that you could ever engage in.”
“It’s an honor and privilege to work for the president and to be part of his administration. Anybody who betrays that, I think is a total and complete coward and they should be fired,” Sanders said. “We fired people over leaking before. I have personally fired people over leaking before. And we certainly would be very willing to do so again.”
Fox & Friends guest host Abby Huntsman then asked Sanders why Sadler promised a public apology to the senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain, but has not followed through.
“Should we now expect that not to happen?” Huntsman said.
Sanders replied she was “not going to get into the back and forth on this.”
“Why the strategy to not come out publicly and say, ‘You know what? I shouldn’t have made the joke, it was wrong. Let’s all move on,’” Huntsman said. “Why not just do that?”
Sanders said Sadler personally apologized and went around the question again.
“I don’t think we should continue to validate the leaks that come out by making that the focus of what we’re doing,” Sanders said. “I think there’s some incredible things that this president is doing that literally have massive global impacts and I think that’s what we should be talking about.”
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