Sen. Lindsey Graham to Trump: ‘Dig in’ on the Border Wall

By Melanie Arter | December 10, 2018 | 2:59pm EST
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (Screenshot)

( – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that President Donald Trump needs to “dig in” on getting the entire $5 billion for border wall funding and tie that to the legalization of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients.

In an interview with “Sunday Morning Futures,” Graham was asked why the Senate can’t “get on board with the president’s border wall funding.”

“Listen to this. The incoming speaker of the House has said building a wall along our southern border is immoral, immoral. What are you looking at, Nancy Pelosi? Look at the caravan. Look at the charge against the border. Look at the caravans that are to come. Look at the holes in our border security,” Graham said.

“So here's the problem. You have got the Democratic-leader-to-be in the House calling border security - a wall component - immoral. If I'm President Trump, Tuesday, I would tell Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer there we're going to build a wall where it makes sense,” he said.

“If I were the president, I would dig in and not give in on additional wall funding, and I would want the whole $5 billion, because the caravan is a game-changer -- 1.6 is available to the president. He wants five, and after the caravan, if you don't see the need for additional border security, you're just not paying much attention. So, Mr. President, dig in, do not give in when it comes to the wall,” Graham added.


“But isn't it the Senate who's stopping this? I mean, every time we asked congressmen, they say it's passed, we have got the money in the House, it's the Senate,” Fox News host Maria Bartiromo said.

“Well, you're going to have the speaker of the House who will be in charge next year. What about next year? So here's what's happening in the Senate. We need 60 votes to get $5 billion,” Graham said.

“If I were the president, I would tell the Democrats, I want $5 billion for wall security because with -- for border security, including a wall, because we need it from the threats we're facing, this caravan and others to follow. And I would put DACA on the table,” he added.

“There are 700,000 young people who came here on the average age of 6. They have got no place to go. They're in the DACA program. If I were the president, I would say, I want two years of wall funding, and I will give legal status to the DACA recipients,” the senator said.

“That's a good deal for the country, and let's just see what happens, but the president is in a good spot here. He needs to dig in and not give in when it comes to wall funding, and put DACA on the table, and see what Nancy Pelosi says then,” Graham said.

“I believe Nancy Pelosi said she doesn't want anything attached to DACA, but we will see,” Bartiromo said.


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