Graham: Will Leave It Up to Trump Whether to Apologize for WH Aide’s Joke About McCain Dying

By Melanie Arter | May 14, 2018 | 1:57 PM EDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (Screenshot)

( - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday that he’ll leave it up to President Donald Trump as to whether he should personally apologize for a White House aide’s joke about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Reports say when speaking about McCain’s opposition to CIA nominee Gina Haspel, Kelly Sadler, special assistant to the president, said it didn’t matter because McCain’s “dying.”

When asked whether he was satisfied with how the White House has responded, Graham said, “No, not really. It's a pretty disgusting thing to say. If it was a joke, it was terrible joke. I just wish somebody from the White House would tell the country that was inappropriate, that's not who we are in the Trump administration.

“And John McCain can be criticized for any political decision he's ever made or any vote he's ever cast, but he's an American hero,” Graham said. “And I think most Americans would like to see the Trump administration do better in situations like this. It doesn't hurt you at all to do the right thing and to be big.”

“Should the president himself apologize?” CBS News host Margaret Brennan asked.

“I will leave that up to him,” Graham said, “but if something happened like that in my office, somebody in my office said such a -- such a thing about somebody, I would apologize on behalf of the office.”

When asked about it on Friday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she won’t “comment on an internal staff meeting."

Meanwhile, speaking on ABC’s “The View,” Sen. McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain said, “People are going to have to answer for their own conscience," she said on ABC's "The View."

"When you go on TV -- I've never actually gone on TV and lied -- I've had that liberty in my life. And I think when you go on TV and you say things like this, your belief in right and wrong, people espouse a lot about God and living with values, and when you say things like that, it's what you're going to have to live with at this point," she added.

CNN reported that Sadler called Meghan McCain to apologize for her comments and that a source familiar with the conversation told CNN that Sadler promised Meghan McCain she would apologize publicly, but hasn’t done as of yet.

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