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Former Vice President Joe Biden unloaded on the Trump administration on Friday after a staffer made a joke about Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) cancer.
“People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration,” Biden said in a statement. “It happened yesterday.”
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“John McCain is a genuine hero — a man of valor whose sacrifices for his country are immeasurable," he explained. "As he fights for [his] life, he deserves better — so much better.”
Biden's statement comes after multiple reports of a White House staffer making a joke about McCain's cancer while discussing his opposition to Trump's CIA nominee, Gina Haspel.
“It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway,” she reportedly said.
The former vice president recently spent time with the ailing senator at his Arizona ranch, reminiscing about their long shared career in the United States Senate.
“Here John knows he's in a very, very, very precarious situation, and yet he's still concerned about the state of the country,” Biden told The New York Times. “We talked about how our international reputation is being damaged and we talked about the need for people to stand up and speak out.”
During their recent meeting, Biden also told the Times that McCain urged him to “not walk away” from politics.
Biden's statement closed by saying the disparaging comment about McCain was part of a larger “trail of disrespect” coming from the Trump White House.
“Given this White House's' trail of disrespect toward John and others, this staffer is not the exception to the rule,” Biden said of Kelly Sadler, the staffer who allegedly made the remark about McCain in a White House meeting.
“She is the epitome of it.”