But afterward, Ms. McCain publicly questioned why Sadler still had a job at the White House. John McCain's health, was quietly let go Tuesday almost a month after making the insensitive remark.
McCain, 81, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer a year ago.
Updated 7:25pm: Post was updated to include a statement from the White House. Schlapp, however, denied the claims, saying that she has never used "that word to describe anyone on the White House staff". In 2015, then-candidate Trump dismissed McCain's time as a prisoner of war, saying he was considered a war hero only "because he was captured", adding that "I like people who weren't captured".
Privately, Sadler did apologize to McCain's daughter Meghan in a phone call.
Sadler was a special assistant to the president, responsible for putting together talking points for administration allies, the network reported. This angered Schlapp, who is married to Matt Schlapp, head of the American Conservative Union.
ABC Information reported that White Home press secretary Sarah Sanders later referred to as the remark about McCain "unacceptable" in a closed-door employees assembly however went on to criticize the leakers.