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

Sen. Bob Corker R-Tenn.: Bloomberg

Sen. Bob Corker R-Tenn.: Bloomberg

But in recent months, Mr. Trump, who has never been convinced that his aides have his best interests at heart, has felt increasingly aggrieved.

Senior officials in the White House communications office have made a decision to cancel the large morning meetings, attended by lower-ranking staffers, after a "leak" during a previous meeting ensnared communications aide Kelly Sadler in a controversy after inappropriate comments regarding Sen. One source told the New York Times that the team has met in smaller groups. Kelly Sadler was discussing McCain's opposition to Trump's pick for Central Intelligence Agency director, Gina Haspel, when she made the comment.

But the crackdown that ensued - which limited the number of staffers present at the daily communications meetings - wasn't the first.

The 81-year-old McCain was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Sadler has called McCain's daughter, Meghan, to apologize.

On Monday, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway - who has taken on more of a leadership role in the White House communications shop after former Communications Director Hope Hicks' departure - was asked by Fox News host Martha MacCallum on "The Story" whether she expected personnel changes as a result.

Some in the White House tell Fox News that they believe administration bigwigs like Conway are in fact some of the worst leakers, leading junior staffers in the communications department to feel the warnings of an impending purge are unfair. But finding good landing spots outside of the Trump White House has been hard for some.

"We need to make changes at our core", another official said to Fox News.

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