Lindsey Graham, White House Aides Trade Barbs on DACA, Immigration
A top Republican drew the ire of White House aides when he accused one Trump adviser of engineering an immigration policy platform out of the "mainstream" of the Senate.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said the reason a deal being brokered between President Trump and top Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois failed was because of White House adviser Stephen Miller.
Graham said Miller, who has been the subject of contentious interviews on mainstream media, has a view on immigration policy that "has never been in the mainstream of the Senate."
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John Roberts reported that Miller and White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly are seen as "hawks" on immigration and the future of the DACA program.
Roberts said Graham called Miller an "outlier," prompting deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley to return fire, calling Graham an "outlier" in Republican circles "for years."
Miller, a former top aide to then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), has previously said he supports Trump's plan to build the wall with Mexico and increase overall border security.
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