Trump seems to have finally addressed the horrific joke that one of his aides made on Sen. John McCain. But it wasn’t by apologizing for it. Last week, White House communications aide Kelly Sadler joked during a closed-door meeting that McCain is “dying anyway,” so his opinion on CIA nominee Gina Haspel is irrelevant. For days, the White House has refused to apologize and railed against the story as a “leak” that could not be confirmed. But at Monday’s White House daily briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah officially confirmed that the “leak” was true, that Sadler had apologized for the remark, and that the matter was being handled “internally.” Hours later, Trump lashed out in a senseless tweet, not at the hateful comment itself, but at the fact that it was leaked and whoever was responsible for doing so. The tweet said: “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.” But he immediately contradicted his “Fake News” claim in the same tweet. “With that being said, leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!” he added. It’s no surprise that Trump won’t apologize since he’s said much worse about McCain himself. And his paranoid campaign to root out “traitors” from his own staff won’t make his White House any more attractive to job seekers.
Trump’s rage over “fake news” has had numerous targets over his time in office. Now his own inner circle is next up for the blame.