Republican lawmakers suggested on Tuesday that none of the members attending a GOP lunch with President Donald Trump would confront him about White House staffer Kelly Sadler, who mocked Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) brain cancer.
The president on Tuesday is scheduled to travel to Capitol Hill just days after Sadler said McCain's opposition to Trump's nominee for CIA director "doesn't matter" because he is dying.
Two senators who are close to McCain were asked on Tuesday morning if they planned to address the comments during the meeting with Trump.
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake argued that it was pointless to try to get an apology out of the White House.
"The notion that he’s going to change anything or say anything different, I just don’t see it. I mean, they’re not apologizing," Flake said, according to NBC reporter Frank Thorp. "I suppose somebody could raise it, but I doubt they will."
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a longtime McCain friend, echoed Flake's remarks.
"I've said all I'm going to say about that," Graham reportedly told CNN's Lauren Fox.
Sen @JeffFlake says he doubts he'll bring up the Kelly Sadler comment about McCain during the Senate GOP lunch with… https://t.co/hvq3yqsmAV— Frank Thorp V (@Frank Thorp V)1526391364.0
@JeffFlake Why not bring up Kelly Sadler comment about McCain to Trump at the lunch with GOP senators? FLAKE: "The… https://t.co/fdAiPn1KwK— Frank Thorp V (@Frank Thorp V)1526391453.0
Lindsey Graham on if he's going to talk to Trump about Sadler's McCain comment "I've said all I'm going to say about that."— Lauren Fox (@Lauren Fox)1526392926.0