The White House hit back at Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) comments calling White House aide Stephen Miller an “outlier” on immigration, using the same phrase to describe Graham’s stance on the topic.
“As long as Sen. Graham chooses to support legislation that sides with people in this country illegally and unlawfully instead of our own American citizens, we’re going nowhere. He’s been an outlier for years,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement Sunday night, according to several reports.
Graham had used nearly identical terms to describe Miller on immigration earlier in the day.
“Every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members. As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we’re going nowhere,” the senator told reporters.
Democrats have complained about Miller’s involvement in immigration talks, saying that he is pushing President Trump too far to the right and preventing the administration from being able to reach a deal with Congress.
The comments come as lawmakers struggle to reach a deal on immigration as the government shutdown nears the end of its second day.