Lindsey Graham is embattled with the White House and his own party. Again.
The White House delivered a scathing rebuke of Graham after the Republican senator accused Trump aide Stephen Miller of sabotaging immigration negotiations between the GOP and Democrats.
Senator Graham: “As long as Steven Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration we are going no where. He’s been an outlier for years.” pic.twitter.com/6aR42Jeiu7
— Alan He (@alanhe) January 21, 2018
On Sunday afternoon, Graham told the press that he believes President Trump’s “heart is right” on the issue of immigration, but that senior policy adviser Stephen Miller is one of the staff members responsible for having “yanked back” the president on proposals.
“As long as Steven Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration we are going no where,” the South Carolina lawmaker said. “He’s been an outlier for years.”
White House spokesman Hogan Hidley fired back at Graham in a statement that mirrored the senator’s own language.
WH spox Hogan Gidley on Graham remarks about Stephen Miller: As long as Senator Graham chooses to support legislation that sides with people in this country illegally and unlawfully instead of our own American citizens, we are going nowhere. He’s been an outlier for years.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 21, 2018
“As long as Senator Graham chooses to support legislation that sides with people in this country illegally and unlawfully instead of our own American citizens, we are going nowhere,” Hidlley said. “He’s been an outlier for years.”
Graham was one of five Republican senators who broke party line to vote against the stop-gap funding measure that would have prevented a government shutdown Friday night.
Democrats opposed the bill because it did not offer protection for illegal aliens. Republicans have offered to reach a deal on immigration, but Democrats have balked at ceding on wall funding and ending chain migration, as noted by the president.
The senator has been a fierce critic of President Trump, often targeting the president’s stance on immigration.
Graham has called on the president and Congress to pass protection for illegal aliens who were given permits under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which the Trump administration ended.
Great to speak with these young people who will be #TRUMPDreamers.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 19, 2018
Graham, whose campaign during the 2016 presidential race only lasted six months, recently criticized President Trump for his alleged comment calling Haiti and other third-world nations “s***hole countries”–even though he called such countries “hellholes” in 2013.
Stephen Miller is considered a hardliner on immigration, and has been an aggressive surrogate of the president in the media, recently shutting down CNN host Jake Tapper in a heated debate.
Graham was excoriated on Twitter for his attack on Miller.
Lindsey Graham what country are you in? Who does it belong to? Who are the “we the people” listed in the constitution? What did you take an oath of office to protect? No add ons! No paid vacations! Re-read the constitution!
— Ginger Kelly Trump (@realGingerKelly) January 21, 2018
I’ve about had it with Lindsey Graham oh how he loves the media and their cameras.
— Kaymarie Rob (@kaymarierob) January 21, 2018
Vote Lindsey “Handmethemic” Graham off the island. He’s part of the 10% of GOP putting DACA first over paying our military and gov. workers. @realDonaldTrump was right when he said, “I don’t think he could run for dog catcher in this state and win again.
— S O L M A T E S (@Solstice_Man) January 21, 2018
— B Miller (@bnlmil) January 21, 2018
Graham received nearly 1% of the vote in the GOP primaries. He has obviously taken that outstanding performance as an indication that he has been given a mandate to implement all of his brilliant amnesty plans.
— Term Limits Watch (@Campaign_Watch) January 22, 2018
RINO at large.
— Spanky The Dog (@SpankyTheDog1) January 22, 2018
Lindsay Graham is perfect example why we need term limits!! He’s a paid vote!! ?
— ❤️Gammi❤️ (@momachand) January 22, 2018