Trump: 'Leakers Are Traitors and Cowards'

By Melanie Arter | May 14, 2018 | 10:09 PM EDT

White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah (Screenshot)

( - President Trump responded to the latest White House leak, this one involving Sen. John McCain, in a Monday afternoon tweet:

"The so-called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible. With that being said, leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!"

A few hours earlier, a White House spokesman said that a White House aide’s comment about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz..) dying will be “dealt with internally.”

As reported, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that it’s up to President Donald Trump to decide whether to apologize for remarks that Kelly Sadler, special assistant to the president, made in a meeting. She said that McCain’s opposition to CIA nominee Gina Haspel doesn’t matter because McCain’s “dying.”

“Why not just apologize, so America doesn't think that that is an acceptable way of speaking inside this White House?” a reporter asked White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah.

“Well, I understand the focus on this issue, but it's going to be dealt with and has been dealt with internally,” Shah said.

“I was told Kelly Sadler called the McCain family late last week and did apologize and beyond that, I don’t have further comment,” he said.

“Kelly Sadler told Meghan McCain that she would apologize publicly, and that has not yet happened. Why has that not happened?” a reporter asked.

“Well, I wasn’t on the call. I was told she made it prior to the story being published, and she apologized for the comment. She apologized directly to the family,” Shah said.

“Are there any concerns that this White House seems more concerned about the fact that there was a leak than about the content of what was said?” the reporter asked.

“Well, I think we're concerned about all sorts of matters, but this is an internal matter, it's being addressed internally, and I don’t have anything further to add,” Shah said.

When asked how the matter was being addressed internally, Shah said, “Obviously, if I explain all that, then it won't remain internal.”

“But she's still employed here at the White House?” the reporter asked.

“She is still an employee here at the White House. She came to work today,” Shah said.

“Why hasn’t she publicly apologized, as she told Meghan McCain that she would?” the reporter asked.

“She has addressed it with the family directly, and I don’t have anything further to add,” Shah said.


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