On Monday's taping of The View, Meghan McCain rejected the excuse that a White House communication staffer's joke about her father's battle with brain cancer should never have been made public.
Kelly Sadler, a communications aide in President Trump's administration, reportedly said during a meeting Thursday that Sen. John McCain's opposition to CIA nominee Gina Haspel "doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway."
"If you're a public figure and if you're working in the White House you should expect everything you're saying in any context to be leaked," Meghan McCain said. "If someone said something that egregious and intense on this show backstage, I'd expect it to be on The Daily Mail in eight seconds."
Last week, McCain indicated Sadler should not only apologize but should be out of a job. "I don't understand what kind of environment you're working in when that would be acceptable, and then you can come to work the next day and still have a job," she said.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders reportedly berated the White House communications staff Friday about Sadler's remark being leaked to the news media. According to CNN, Sanders also said Sadler's comment was inappropriate but overall "has focused more on the leaking of the comment than its substance."
White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters Monday that some staff members were upset that details of a private meeting were leaked to the news media.
When asked if the White House was more concerned about the leaks than the nature of Sadler's remark, Shah said the "matter has been handled internally." Shah also said Sadler called the McCain family to apologize for the remarks last week before the story became public.
Trump weighed in on the ongoing leaks coming out of the White House, tweeting that the "so-called leaks" 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!" the president tweeted.
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!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018
Meghan McCain confirmed that Sadler apologized in a phone call, but she told ABC News that she also asked Sadler for a public apology.
"I have not spoken to her since, and I assume that it will never come," The View co-host said Sunday.
Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, said he felt Sadler is "a little bit of a victim here" because, "the people who leaked what she said are people who have an animus against her."
Schlapp also defended Sadler's remark as "a perfectly logical thing to say," during an interview on CNN Monday. He backed the lack of a public apology from Sadler or the White House on the grounds that, "Once you start commenting about leaks out of those meetings, you will never be able to appropriately run your agenda."
Matt Schlapp says that "Kelly Sadler is a little bit of a victim here." (via CNN) pic.twitter.com/LtceMdDFlu- Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 14, 2018
Meghan McCain said Sadler's defenders "are going to have to answer for their own conscience."
And despite subjecting her family to a "horrific weekend," she said the controversy had a "silver lining":
"We have a platform to hopefully pivot this towards brain cancer research and helping especially children in need," she said.
The San Diego City Council is scheduled to take up the controversial issue of short-term vacation rentals on Monday. The council is expected to vote on Mayor Faulconer's proposal, which was introduced last month.
Gradual warming through the week. Moisture to return Tuesday and Wednesday, raising chances of thunderstorms in the mountains.
The sound of thunderous drums from a traditional Aztec drum circle could be heard throughout Barrio Logan all weekend. Hundreds of dancers have been moving to the beat since Friday and haven't stopped. News 8 photojournalist Tim Blodgett shows us more of the sights and sounds as the dancers stand up against hate and racism.
The San Diego City Council issued a proclamation last week to recognize July 2018 as LGBT Pride Month in America's Finest City. The proclamation came just before Pride festivities kicked off in Hillcrest, Balboa Park and elsewhere around San Diego.
A jaguar went on a killing rampage at a Louisiana zoo on Saturday, but he was born here at the San Diego Zoo. Valerio spent two years in San Diego before being moved to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.
A resident in the Colina Del Sol community of San Diego discovered a 36-year-old homeless man Sunday morning sitting on a bus bench suffering from several stab wounds to his upper back, a police sergeant said.
A man drove through a police barricade near the San Diego Pride festival, led officers on a chase down multiple San Diego freeways and ultimately crashed -- but was able to escape capture, police said Sunday.
A dead man was found in a Mission Valley freeway interchange, his smashed-up motorcycle in the nearby iceplant, officials announced Sunday.
Border Patrol agents arrested nine people found aboard a boat who are believed to have been trying to enter the United States illegally, an agent said Sunday.