Special assistant Kelly Sadler mocked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) during a closed-door White House meeting on Thursday, saying, “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” according to The Hill. Sadler made the comment about McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last year, before a group of about two-dozen communications staffers, the outlet reported. It came a day after McCain publicly opposed President Donald Trump’s pick for CIA director, Gina Haspel. The White House didn’t deny that the remarks, which reportedly caused “discomfort” in the room, were made. “We respect Senator McCain’s service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time,” the White House said in a statement to The Hill. McCain's wife, Cindy later responded on Twitter saying "May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren."