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.
Five nurses from Scripps Health, who are part of a medical response team, are traveling to Northern California to care for the people affected by the Camp Fire.
A transient accused of repeatedly burglarizing the office of a South Bay community group before torching the premises last week pleaded not guilty Thursday to a slew of charges including arson of a structure, grand theft and burglary.
A 52-year-old professional photographer was arrested this week on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl during a modeling session in Carlsbad, authorities reported Thursday.
A man who pushed a 93-year-old woman through a screen door and onto a concrete deck in Oceanside -- leading to her death 11 days later -- was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder and elder abuse causing great bodily injury.
Fire crews hoped to capitalize on diminishing winds Thursday as they worked to expand containment lines around the deadly Woolsey Fire, while more residents were allowed to return to their homes and a firefighter was recovering in a hospital after being struck by a car.
Confirmed flu cases in San Diego County are well behind the rate of confirmed cases during last year's flu season, according to county health officials.
A 92-year-old man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of fatally shooting his 51-year-old son inside their Old Town home.
Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies. At least 56 people were killed and 300 were unaccounted for a week after the flames swept through.