Trump rejects bipartisan immigration proposal

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"As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we're going nowhere", GOP Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters Sunday.

White House staffers and Trump allies alike have reportedly advised the president, who's "itching" to play dealmaker, that lying low is the best strategy: "The more he appears in public, the more this becomes a Trump problem", Republican strategist John Feehery told The Washington Post.

"We spoke to Stephen Miller and he's perfectly willing to come on the show and debate Senator Graham directly about their differences on immigration. He's been an outlier for years", said White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley.

Miller, who gets frequent face time with Trump on trips and around the West Wing, has always been a key voice on immigration reform, regularly reaching out to conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill and anti-immigration organizations across Washington.

Although Republican senators and lawmakers don't usually name-check President Donald Trump's aides while criticizing them, the SC senator went a step ahead and slammed one specific key member of the commander-in-chief's xenophobic and bigoted entourage: Stephen Miller.

Democrats and Republicans have repeatedly pointed fingers at each other over the government closure, which stretched into its third day on Monday.

Senator Graham: "As long as Steven Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration we are going no where".

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Asked Monday if Graham is assigning too much influence to Miller, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Fox News that 'the president makes the decisions about immigration in the White House.

The White House has defended Miller from the attacks.

"Senator Graham and Senator Durbin called the President and told him they had a bipartisan bill".

"Leaders across the world are seeing how weak an how pathetic this President can be as a leader", Scarborough railed, clearly egging on Trump for being overruled by Miller. "Stephen's not here to push his agenda". "Look, Stephen's not here to push his agenda".

'The White House staff, I think, is making it very hard, ' he told reporters at the Capitol.

"Not only do they not consult us, they can't even get on the same page as their president - the president from their own party".

She also dismissed questions that the almost 700,000 young aliens affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program were being used as "bargaining chips" by the White House in the immigration debate.

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