Sen. Lindsey Graham blasts White House aides for torpedoing shutdown deal

by Abel Hampton January 23, 2018, 1:37
Sen. Lindsey Graham blasts White House aides for torpedoing shutdown deal

Miller "drives them insane, because he knows the immigration issue inside out, he effectively articulates what normal Americans believe, he sees right through all of their hollow and deceptive arguments, and he's not afraid of them, nor the reporters who enjoy carrying their water".

There are approximately 800,000 people - so-called "Dreamers" - who have benefited from DACA in the United States since its beginning in 2012 under the Obama administration.

Speaking with reporters, Graham singled out White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller as an "outlier", and said despite President Donald Trump's willingness to forge a deal, his aides have made such negotiations hard. "He's been an outlier for years", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement Sunday night.

Mr Graham's attack on Mr Miller comes just weeks after he defended the President from media criticism, telling CNN in December: "What concerns me about the American press is this endless, endless attempt to label the guy as some kind of kook not fit to be president". "His heart is right on this issue", he continued. He's got a good understanding of what will "sell".

At the center of the fight is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Trump said previous year he would rescind while providing Congress with a window of time to craft a legislative fix.

A bipartisan group of senators met behind closed doors late Sunday in an effort to find a compromise to end the shutdown.

"This shutdown is going to get a lot worse tomorrow". So Mr. Miller has evolved on a pathway to citizenship, but for every green card you give a DACA recipient, he wants to take one out of the system'.

Democrats opposed the bill because it did not offer protection for illegal aliens. It's set to explire in a matter of weeks and has become the GOP's biggest point of leverage as they try to win new funding for border security. "If he can't say no to Stephen Miller, God help us".

"As long as Sen".

Lindsey Graham is embattled with the White House and his own party. "A lot worse", he said, according to The New York Times.

"Look, this is the president's agenda". Stephen Miller is certainly part of that conversation and part of this process, but he's advocating on behalf of the president'.

"The White House staff, I think, is making it very hard", he added.

Kelly didn't push Trump the hardest to reject Schumer's proposal, two people familiar with the talks said.

'We " re doing our best to carry out what the president has laid out and to implement and communicate his principles, and Stephen's no different on that front that any of the rest of us'. Period, end of story'.

Miller is an obvious scapegoat for Trump opponents seeking to explain the president's hostility toward Democratic immigration proposals.

Sanders" criticism of Graham comes after the SC senator told reporters on Sunday that Miller, a senior policy advisor to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: "We should be like Canada" in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: "Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE and an immigration hardliner, has "been an outlier for years" on immigration. Miller is a hard-line anti-immigration ideologue.

'The White House staff, I think, is making it very hard, ' he told reporters at the Capitol.

He also named Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, as among the president's aides who had complicated the debate, though he called him "a wonderful man".

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