An MSNBC daytime host is backtracking after she suggested on-air Friday that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders should be choked for allegedly dodging questions about a report that a White House staffer made disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) health.
What did the host say?
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace, who served as an aide to McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, asked NBC White House reporter Kristen Welker how she resists temptation to choke Sanders during press briefings.
“How do you resist the temptation to run up and wring her neck? Why can’t she just say, ‘If a staffer said that, we’re going to get to the bottom of it and she’ll be fired?'” Wallace asked.
Wallace was referring to a report this week that alleged White House aide Kelly Sadler mocked McCain’s health during an internal meeting with communications officials at the White House.
While discussing McCain’s opposition to CIA nominee Gina Haspel, Sadler allegedly said McCain’s decision on the matter is inconsequential.
“It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” Sadler reportedly said. The Hill first reported on the comment. McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer last year.
How did Wallace apologize?
On Twitter, she called her remarks “poorly chosen words” for which she is “sorry.” Whether she’s apologetic for her sentiment is unclear.
When I asked about whether the tension in the briefing room ever makes reporters want to wring the neck of the spokesman, I used poorly chosen words, & for that I’m sorry. I was trying to imagine the exasperation of getting spin & not answers re: John Mccain being “about to die”
— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) May 11, 2018