White House threatens firings after McCain remark gets out

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Phot

FILE- In this May 16, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in the O

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at an event on Capitol Hill to debut a documentary film about McCain, in Washington,

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other lawmakers stop by an event on Capitol Hill during the debut a documentary film about Sen. Joh

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House aide's crass remark about gravely ill Sen. John McCain has led to a push to fire those responsible for leaking that story and others that have bedeviled President Donald Trump's administration.

A torrent of criticism has rained down on the White House in the week since Kelly Sadler dismissed McCain's opinion on Trump's CIA nominee during a closed-door meeting by saying "he's dying anyway."

The administration has refused to publicly apologize for the remark. Instead, the focus remains on who leaked it to the media.

A White House aide and an outside Trump adviser say Trump is demanding that whoever let the story go public be fired. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

The mood has grown increasingly tense in the White House.