Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Trump aide’s comment mocking McCain sparks outrage | Haspel gets another ‘no’ vote | Pompeo floats North Korea aid for denuclearization Graham on White House official mocking McCain: ‘Nobody is laughing in the Senate’ Graham on his visit with McCain: ‘No talking about funerals’ MORE (R-S.C.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the White House should apologize for an aide’s comment mocking Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainDem to White House: Leaks could be prevented if officials were ‘behaving normally’ McCain memoir says immigration reform ‘a harder disappointment than other defeats’ Schwarzenegger warns against ‘falling toward our lowest instincts’ in response to Trump aide’s McCain joke MORE’s (R-Ariz.) brain cancer.
Graham told host Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” that he was not satisfied with how the Trump administration has responded to the remark.
“It’s [a] pretty disgusting thing to say,” Graham said. “If it was a joke, it was a terrible joke. I just wish somebody from the White House would tell the country that was inappropriate, that’s not who we are in the Trump administration.”
During an internal meeting, White House aide Kelly Sadler dismissed McCain’s opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS paid Trump’s Scottish resort for VIP hotel stays: report Michael Avenatti tweets, then deletes, Fox News booker’s phone number Former Trump aide working with Russian company to lift US sanctions: report MORE’s CIA nominee, saying, “he’s dying anyway.” The comment, first reported by The Hill, has sparked a wave of backlash from lawmakers in both parties.
Graham told CBS News that while he will let Trump decide whether or not to apologize, he thinks “most Americans would like to see the Trump administration do better in situations like this.”
“It doesn’t hurt you at all to do the right thing and to be big,” he said. “[If] somebody in my office said such a thing about somebody, I would apologize on behalf of the office.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dodged questions about the comment during Friday’s press briefing, and it was later reported that she scolded staff over the leak.
Graham recently spent two days in Arizona with the 81-year-old senator, who is his closest friend in the Senate.