GOP lawmaker's resolution demands White House apologize to McCain for 'dying' quip

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2018

Walter Jones introduced a resolution co-sponsored by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., Thursday calling for an apology from the White House to Sen. McCain about President Donald Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee, saying Thursday, May 10, 2018, at a staff meeting that "it doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway", two people in the room told The Associated Press.

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A copy of House Resolution 901 obtained by USA TODAY "calls upon the White House to issue a public apology to Senator John McCain and his family for insensitive comments made by a staffer during this hard time for the McCain family".

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The resolution notes that "every family deserves dignity and respect in the trying times of a loved one's declining health" and "our religious and social traditions call upon us to apologize for wrongdoing". The meeting has not taken place over the past week.

A senior White House official insisted that some of the procedures were meant to keep information secure, not stanch leaks, but other precautionary steps were taken in response to staff carelessness that fueled Mr. Trump's sense of being undermined.

Jones was elected to Congress in 1994.

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