After a lengthy meeting with President Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced this afternoon that Trump is now in a “pause situation” and reevaluating his decision to make an abrupt withdrawal from Syria. He is also open to offering incentives for wall funding.
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— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) December 30, 2018
Graham says Republicans are going to put on the negotiating table ideas that Democrats have embraced in the past as a way to move past the current impasse and government shutdown over funding for the President’s wall, which Trump initially promised would be paid for by Mexico.
Graham is specifically calling for helping young “Dreamer” immigrants remain in the U.S. as well as another 400,000 people from countries struggling with natural disasters or armed conflicts.
Graham says Trump is receptive to making a deal if it achieves his goal of securing the border.
He says the question for lawmakers is “can we stop hating each other enough up here to find a way forward that would be a win-win.”