Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham of South Carolina praised President Trump's decision to allow the government to fully reopen, with a three-week ultimatum to fund border security.

"The president is willing to give 1.1 million people a better life if he can get a secure border," Graham said. "To my Democratic friends, you've voted for wall funding [in the past]."

Graham said that if no compromise can be made in the three-week period before February 15, "the president will secure our border through executive action."

There has been a debate as to whether federal judges would uphold such an order.


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"This needs to come to an end," Graham said of the partisan disagreements and gridlock. "Every commander-in-chief has an obligation to defend our country."

One top Democrat also launched an immediate response to Trump's comments.

House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman David N. Cicilline of Rhode Island slammed Trump, saying "the American people don't want the president's big, dumb wall."

Cicilline said Republicans "wasted trillions of dollars on a tax cut for the wealthy" and that Democrats don't want to "waste" any more money.

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