Republican Arizona Senator McSally, who is the first female air force fighter pilot in the US military, made the disclosure at a Senate hearing on the military's efforts to prevent sexual assaults and improve the response when they occur.
While the world is focused on an array of conflicts, Ukraine simmers ominously in the background.
Senator John McCain died on August 25 of brain cancer, days shy of his 82nd birthday.
The flags at the White House were only briefly flown at half-staff to honour Senator John McCain. But bowing to pressure, flags were lowered again and and hours after that US President Donald Trump finally made a statement about the late senator.
Vietnam veteran and Republican presidential candidate in 2008, McCain had been battling glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer discovered in July 2017.
US will strengthen military "like never ever before," says US President Donald Trump after signing a $716 billion defence policy bill that also temporarily halts sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey.
Gina Haspel, who is the first female director, was confirmed by the US Senate despite severe opposition due to her involvement and oversight of the intelligence agency's torture, detention and interrogation programmes.
Kelly Sadler, a special assistant in the White House communications office, is said to have referred to the senator's deteriorating health in response to his objections to Trump's new CIA nominee.
Meanwhile, a second judge ordered a freeze on President Trump's newest travel ban order, saying it was essentially targeted at Muslims in violation of the US Constitution.
It is the second time in two months that John Mccain has defied his party and President Trump over efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as "Obamacare," which has long been in Republicans' sights.
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 allows for increased spending on new F-35 fighter jets, ships and M1 Abrams tanks, raises military pay by 2.1 percent and authorises nearly $5 billion for Afghanistan security forces.
Police fired pepper spray to disperse thousands demonstrating against a Trump rally in Phoenix, Arizona. The incident followed a fiery speech by the US president in which he blamed media for his troubles over white supremacism.
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