Immigration is a very fragile, touchy subject of negotiations inside, and outside of the beltway. The swamp wants to continue business as usual. The populists, and the Trump administration want to fix the huge problems left to us by previous administrations. Lindsey Graham is not necessarily representing the Trump agenda on this issue and he’s paying the price.
The Washington Examiner has the details:
White House officials appear to be diminishing the role of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., as they negotiate an immigration reform deal that can gain traction among Republicans in both the House and Senate.
Graham, who President Trump described as a “great friend of mine” just three weeks ago, has drawn the ire of administration officials after spearheading a proposal with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that fell far short of what Trump requested in exchange for a deal to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which the administration set to end in March.
… White House press secretary Sarah Sanders took Graham to task earlier this week for his remarks about Miller, calling it “ridiculous” that a senator would go after a West Wing staffer. Graham had described Miller as an “outlier” on immigration and accused the policy adviser of dragging Trump to the Right in negotiations…
A Republican aide told the Washington Examiner that Graham’s continued involvement in negotiations could jeopardize the chances of striking a viable immigration deal, in part because White House officials are unhappy with him over the comments he made about Kelly and in part because Republican lawmakers are generally skeptical about Graham’s stances on immigration.
When will swamp creatures learn? The president’s popularity trumps any delusional ideas they have about stopping the Trump agenda.