Congressman Cleaver Introduces Resolution Calling On President Trump to Apologize to Senator McCain

May 17, 2018
Press Release
Cleaver, in a bipartisan effort with Congressman Walter Jones, Encourages White House To Show Civility

(May 17, 2018 - Washington, D.C.) – Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) and Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced H. Res. 901 calling on and encouraging the White House to issue a public apology to Senator John McCain for comments made by White House Communication’s Aide Kelly Sadler. The resolution, of which a draft can be found here, states;

“Whereas, on May 10, 2018 in response to Senator John McCain’s call for fellow senators to oppose the nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the Central Intelligence Agency because she oversaw the agency’s use of torture, White House Communications Aide Kelly Sadler was widely reported to have stated, ‘It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway’.”

Congressmen Cleaver and Jones believe Senator McCain served honorably in the United States Navy and deserves dignity and respect.

“The President, perhaps more so than any elected official in this great country, should practice the politics of decency,” said Congressman Cleaver. “These comments are outrageous and unacceptable,” said Congressman Jones.

“It’s a sad day in this country when White House officials are mocking a man who, while serving his country, was tortured as a prisoner of war. He’s more than earned the right to speak out on these matters. A public apology should be issued immediately.”

Congressman Cleaver recently made an appearance on MSNBC Live with Alex Witt in which he was asked about the climate of racially motivated incidents by police and others. The Congressman was referencing bigotry and hatred but be believes the same rules of decency apply when it comes to apologizing for one’s mistakes. He responded to Alex Witt by saying, “it starts from the top” referring to the actions and reactions from our leader-in-chief.

“The mean-spiritedness coming out of the White house is giving rise to what we are seeing because I think many people are thinking, well if the President can make these comments then right wing protestors, hate groups, and the President refusing to apologize…there’s not a parent in America who would teach their children not to apologize after they have done something wrong.”

Watch the full interview here.

Congressman Cleaver is the co-chair of the Civility Caucus and has joined other Members in a movement to revive civility on Capitol Hill.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Heather Frierson at 816-842-4545 or