The White House in Washington, DC. Photo: YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images

White House communications aide Kelly Sadler who made a callous remark about Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) brain cancer in a closed-door meeting last month, has been ousted from the administration.

Why it matters: The nasty leak rattled staff and led to some very intense meetings about the White House's leaking problems, both of which were then also leaked to Axios. During one of the meetings, President Trump told Sadler she wouldn’t be fired for her remark.

Go deeper

SurveyMonkey poll: Trump improves, but not enough

Trump and Biden during the final debate. Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images

President Trump's final debate performance exceeded Americans' expectations, but it wasn't enough to shift the dynamics that left him trailing Joe Biden across most measures, according to a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.

What they're saying: "Liar" was the word used most by debate watchers to describe Trump's performance, followed by "lies," "strong," "presidential" and "childish." "Presidential" was the word used most to describe Biden's performance, followed by "liar," "weak," "expected" and "honest."

Hunter Biden saga dominates online debate

Data: NewsWhip; Table: Axios Visuals

The mainstream media turned away. But online, President Trump's charges about Hunter Biden were by far the dominant storyline about the final presidential debate, according to exclusive NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

  • Coverage of business dealings by Joe Biden's son — and pre-debate allegations by one of his former business associates, Tony Bobulinski — garnered more than twice as much online activity (likes, comments, shares) as the runner-up.