Kelly Sadler. Reuters

A White House communications aide who drew criticism for reportedly joking about Senator John McCain’s cancer has left her role, an official says.

Kelly Sadler raised eyebrows last month after reports emerged she had said the Republican senator’s vote did not matter because he was “dying anyway”.

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The remark came during a meeting over CIA Director Gina Haspel, whose nominatio McCain had opposed.

McCain has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer.

“Kelly Sadler is no longer employed within the Executive Office of the President,” White House spokesman Raj Shah told the BBC in a statement on Tuesday.

After last month’s reports over the comment, Sadler, a special assistant to the president, called the senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain, to apologise, according to the Hill newspaper.

The White House has not confirmed or denied whether Sadler made the remark.

“We respect Senator McCain’s service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time,” a statement at the time said.

McCain is resting at his family’s Sedona, Arizona, retreat and has been notably absent from the Senate.