After a year, former White House press aide is expected to start at America First, a pro-Trump Super PAC that has played host to a number of Trump loyalists.
“I’m really excited to do everything in my power to help re-elect the President of the United States, by joining the great team at America First,” Kelly Sadler said in a statement to CNN. She is expected to start on Monday.
Sadler left the White House in June after mocking the late Senator John McCain, who was then dying from brain cancer.
In a discussion about the nomination of CIA Director Gina Haspel, Sadler said that McCain’s vote didn’t matter because he was “dying anyway.” After that remark became public, she remained on staff in the White House for about a month before she was let go and though she never publicly apologized, she did call Meghan McCain to say that she was sorry.
But Meghan McCain posited “if you’re a public figure and if you’re working in the White House you should expect everything you’re saying in any context to be leaked. If someone said something that egregious and intense on this show backstage, I’d expect it to be on The Daily Mail in eight seconds.”
She also questioned how Sadler still had a job, saying, “I don’t understand what kind of environment you’re working in when that would be acceptable, and then you can come to work the next day and still have a job.”
There was some speculation whether Sadler would remain in the administration but move outside of the White House.
America First features several White House figures. It was founded by Pence insider Nick Ayers and Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale. Former White House spokesperson Sean Spicer is also at the PAC and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle is the vice chairwoman.