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Lindsey Graham slams Stephen Miller, says “White House staff has been pretty unreliable”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., issued a sharp critique of the White House on Sunday afternoon, telling reporters that “somebody’s got to lead” in order to put an end to the ongoing federal shutdown that has entered its second day, with no clear indication of an end in sight. Graham also took specific shots at White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, and said he hoped for a “breakthrough” on negotiations as early as Sunday night, and warned that things would only get uglier otherwise.

“Every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members. As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we’re going nowhere,” Graham told reporters on Sunday afternoon. “He’s been an outlier for years.” Miller’s far-right views, specifically on immigration, are well-known. In the past, however, Graham has

Graham went on to tell reporters, “I’ve talked with the president — his heart is right on this issue.”

“He’s got a good understanding of what will sell, and every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members,” he said.

Graham added, “the White House staff, I think, is making it very difficult.”

The South Carolina senator pointed out that the White House had originally requested $ 18 billion for border security and the president’s promised so-called wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. During a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers earlier this month, Graham recalled Trump claiming that $ 18 billion was too much money and that he could do it for less.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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