(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News on Wednesday night that President Trump is “brilliant” to stake out “middle” ground in his quest for wall funding, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is alienating some in her own party for her inflexible stand against wall funding.
CNS News reports:
“President Trump made a brilliant political move, and good for the country, to go to the middle — wall plus DACA plus TPS. I’ve had more Democratic senators talk to me in the last two days than talk to me in the last 30 days,” Graham said. “The harder Nancy Pelosi goes left and the more Trump goes to the middle, we’re going to get this thing solved.”
The Senate on Thursday will take up two measures, neither of which is expected to pass.
One, proposed by Democrats, would temporarily reopen those government agencies that are partially shut down, giving both sides time to negotiate border security while allowing federal workers to get paid. The other is President Trump’s proposal — a resumption of government funding in exchange for wall money and other border security measures as well as a three-year extension of legal status for DACA recipients and people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
Graham said neither proposal will get the required 60 votes. That’s when “the hard work starts,” he said:
“We had a meeting today with about eight Democrats and eight Republicans. Nancy Pelosi has become a nightmare for the Democratic Party. She seems unreasonable. She seems to have a dislike for the president that is hurting the country. And this idea of not letting the president speak is really overplaying your hand.”
“So I want your listeners to know that there’s a reaction to this far-left rhetoric in the Senate by more mainstream Democrats that I think will eventually allow us to get the wall funded and do some things for the DACA recipients and TPS recipients. There’s a deal in the making. And the more extreme Nancy Pelosi gets, the more likely we’ll have a deal.”
Pelosi on Wednesday rescinded her invitation for Trump to deliver his State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress. Trump said he will wait until the partial shutdown ends to deliver his speech where so many other presidents have delivered theirs.
“There’s plenty of places the president can choose to deliver the State of the Union,” Graham said. “But here’s the question for America. What kind of union do you want?
“Do you want a country that looks more like Venezuela and less like America? If you do, follow these hard-left people. They’re going to take you to the land where the government taxes everything in its power, they control every decision in life, and you’ll see Venezuela come here.
“This is what this whole election is going to be about in 2020. Do we go further left and become like Venezuela or do we become the America that all of us want us to be. So If I’m a Democrat, these people are defining my party in a way that gives it a very limited future in America, in my view.”