Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants a deal done on immigration and defense spending, and he’s tired of all the extraneous noise surrounding the negotiations.
On Wednesday, Graham aired out his frustrations on the Senate floor.
What did he say?
“What I would like to do is to ask the Congress to stop the s-show and grow up,” Graham said. “Act consistent with the greatness of this country and find a way to work together.”
Turning to President Donald Trump, Graham made a plea for clarity on the subject of immigration.
“I can’t read your mind,” Graham said of the Trump administration.
“So to the president, what I saw Tuesday was a man that understood what America was all about,” Graham said. “What I find today is complete chaos.”
Graham also got in a slight shot at Trump’s alleged controversial comments about where immigrants come from.
“I want to do a deal and deal with the reality that these people are here and have been here working for a long time and America always needs good people, not just from Norway but from all over the world,” Graham said.
Some have accused Trump of deriding immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries during an immigration meeting last week, and saying the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from places like Norway.
What's the background?
Graham is one of the leaders of a bipartisan group seeking a deal that protects Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients while also strengthening border security.
The group came to a deal, but Trump has criticized it as being bad for border security. As the government shutdown deadline looms at the end of the week, Democrats are insisting that a DACA provision be included in the spending legislation.