The joke did not find support among the participants in the meeting.
Assistant US President Kelly Sadler at an internal meeting in the White House that discussed the appointment of the head of the CIA, Gina Haspel, said that Senator McCain’s position does not matter, since he “still dies.”
According to CNN, Sadler later apologized to McCain’s daughter for her words.
In 2017, McCain discovered an aggressive form of brain cancer. He opposed the nomination of Haspel because of her alleged involvement in the torture program.