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White House attacks Lindsey Graham for criticizing Trump's staff - here's why

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders shot down Sen. Lindsey Grahams's (R-S.C.) criticisms against the president's staff, which he blamed for the impasse in immigration negotiations with the Democrats. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot composite)

President Donald Trump did not appreciate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) blaming the president's staff for his apparent flip-flopping on immigration, and he made it very clear through his spokeswoman Monday.

Here's what Sen. Lindsey Graham said:

"I've talked to the president," Graham said, "his heart is right on this issue. I think 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."

"As long as Stephen Miller's in charge of negotiating immigration, we're going no where," he said. "He's been an outlier for years."

"There's a deal to be had — DACA plus for more border security funding," he added. "I heard Chuck Schumer say that he agreed to more wall funding, which I think is absolutely appropriate."

"And we're gonna have to do something with legal immigration entries because we don't have the workers we need," he concluded.

Here's video of Graham's comments:

The White House shoots back

“Look, this is the president’s agenda. Stephen Miller is certainly part of that conversation, part of this process but he’s advocating on behalf of the president,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.

“The things that have been laid out by this administration were dictated by the president and he’s the one that wants to see these things," she added.

“It is almost appalling to me that you have a senator that isn’t stepping up, doing the right thing,” Sanders said of Graham.

“Look, we want to make a deal on DACA, we want to do these things and the fact that he’s not part of the conversation to help move that ball forward and is instead attacking individual members of the president’s staff," she explained, "I think shows the lengths at what they’re going to blame people for their own failures and I think it’s time they stop playing political games, come to the table, get serious and do their job."

Democrats were demanding that a solution to the DACA "Dreamers" be included in the budget bill, but they caved after a few days of a government shutdown. Trump has demanded that funding for the border wall be included in any bill giving amnesty to "Dreamer" illegal immigrants.

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