The White House declined to comment Friday about a purported remark about Sen.
Back during the Clinton administration, McCain and Clinton, though members of opposing parties, worked together to tie up some loose ends from the Vietnam War.
But the joke ended up being on Sadler.
She added that she felt blessed because, "Dad's actually doing really well right now".
"May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren", Cindy McCain said in a tweet addressed to Sadler Thursday night. Coming to her father's defense, she said his "legacy is going to be talked about hundreds and hundreds of years".
"The View" kicked off Friday by addressing comments made about co-host Meghan McCain's father by White House advisor Kelly Sadler, comments Whoopi Goldberg called "insanely despicable" at the top of the hour.
McCain, a former Navy pilot, is now at home in Arizona while undergoing treatment for brain cancer.
On Thursday afternoon, Payne issued an apology to McCain, stating that as a "proud military veteran and son of a Vietnam Vet", McInerney's words did not "reflect my or the network's feelings about Senator McCain, or his remarkable service and sacrifice to this country". A Fox spokeswoman said Friday that retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney will no longer be allowed on the network.
In quiet conversations in the Capitol, more than a dozen senators - several of them McCain's friends for a quarter-century or more - acknowledged they are struggling to adjust to a Senate without the larger-than-life lawmaker in their midst.
Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin responded to another unfortunate comment about McCain.
McCain is joined by another Republican, Rand Paul, in opposing Haspel's nomination. Independent accounts of McCain's time in North Vietnamese captivity do not include any suggestion that he offered any material information to his captors, and McCain says the same.