Trump Advisers Blocking Deal to End Government Shutdown

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"As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we are going nowhere", Graham said Sunday.

Trump denied being a "racist", facing condemnation for what many people described as his racist views, marking an unpleasant episode that would cast a shadow over the Republican's upcoming efforts to reform the immigration system. Dick Durbin had their immigration compromise rejected by the White House earlier this month, pointed to Miller as the reason a deal had not yet been reached. He held a separate meeting with two moderate Democratic senators. He spent far more time focused on the public relations fight than the legislative one.

The October 2013 government shutdown lasted more than two weeks and more than 800,000 federal employees were furloughed.

Scene: The now infamous meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers where Trump denigrated African nations and Haiti.

He has also differed from Trump on the president's signature campaign issue, a wall across the border with Mexico. "He is going to be key to any solution going forward".

"I believe the process we have created will allow us to get a result on these and other important issues".

Yet there is little to suggest the underlying dynamics, which led to the shutdown, have changed. "You should never have a meeting and put on the theater for the media that we saw". He retains only a loose grasp on the details and nuance of immigration policy.

The White House said Sunday that it's Graham, not Miller, who is operating outside America's mainstream.

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.

Politico called Miller "a pugnacious conservative who has a keen focus on restrictive immigration policy". Over the weekend, Sen.

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Graham was already facing an uphill battle due to his reputation among conservatives for being one prominent voice in the Gang of 8, a coalition of Republicans and Democrats who pushed for what critics claimed amounted to "amnesty" for illegal aliens. "Graham didn't explain how miller was wrong, he just said he was extreme and should therefore shut up", the Daily Caller co-founder said.

Trump's pro-American immigration agenda would give amnesty to only the almost 800,000 illegal aliens enrolled in the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in exchange for reducing legal immigration levels and receiving full funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

As Trump watched the weekend machinations over reopening the government from his third-floor perch at the White House, he repeatedly told aides that he wanted to be more involved in discussions.

"They need to give us the space", he said. But mistrust is high between Senate Democrats, who have enough votes to force another shutdown if their immigration demands aren't met, and Trump.

White House chief of staff John Kelly and at times Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen have also been participating in those talks.

"What we saw in the behavior of Sen".

"So what does the White House staff do a couple of days later?" "I don't think Graham carries weight in the GOP conference". I hope that it does.

Following a year defined by political polarization, feuds, and controversies, U.S. President Donald Trump was forced to embrace his second year in office with a government shutdown.

A critical decision faces Trump for how he engages in that debate.

Republican strategist Alex Conant told the Times that there's a "real sense that there's a disconnect between the president and his staff on immigration issues, and people on all sides are seeking to exploit that disconnect".