A prominent Vietnam veterans advocacy group has called for a member of the Trump administration to be fired. They are calling for this after an allegedly demeaning comment was made earlier this week about Senator John McCain.
On Friday, the Vietnam Veterans of America criticized the alleged remarks of retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney and White House special assistant Kelly Sadler a "disrespectful" and "offensive" offense against McCain. As a result, they are hoping that their employment will be ended "immediately."
The Hill reported on Thursday that in a closed White House meeting the staffer made a remark after learning that McCain is trying to block the confirmation of the president's nominee to head the CIA. According to the report, the men insulted McCain's fight with brain cancer, saying that his criticism "doesn't matter" because he's "dying anyway."
“As an organization, we have had our disagreements with Senator McCain, but he will always be one of our brothers," Vietnam Veterans of America said in a statement, according to The Hill. "What Sadler and McInerney have said will not be forgotten, as it reveals an incredible lack of respect for the service and sacrifice of every veteran, and their relationships with the White House and Fox News should be severed immediately."
“When someone in the White House says a Vietnam veteran doesn’t matter because he’s dying of brain cancer, that individual should have his employment terminated," the group added.
According to USA Today, Meghan McCain has also responded to the comment, defending her father on ABC's "The View."
Meghan told viewers to not "feel bad" for either her or the family. "We're really strong," she said, adding that "there's so much more love, and prayer, and amazing energy being generated towards us than anything negative at all."
"Dad's actually doing really well right now," she added.
Then she spoke directly to Kelly.
"Kelly, here's a little news flash, and this may be a little intense for 11 o'clock in the morning on a Friday, but, we're all dying," McCain said. "And it is not how you die, it is how you live."
Meghan then added that she doesn't understand how somebody can make a comment like that and then have a job the next day.
The White House did not dispute Sandler's remark, but they did issue a clear statement supporting President Trump.
"We respect Senator McCain’s service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time," said the White House.
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