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Lindsey Graham hits White House, says immigration fight a 's-show'

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By Maegan Vazquez CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Lindsey Graham blasted President Donald Trump's staff over their reaction to a bipartisan immigration deal, saying they have not served the President well and some have "an irrational view."

Talking to reporters outside a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, the South Carolina Republican said there is still a way to reconstruct an agreement but said "somebody on his staff gave him really bad advice."

During his portion of questioning at the hearing, Graham said in reference to the immigration fight, "This has turned into a 's-show' and we need to get back to being a great country."

"Close this deal," he said, referencing Trump.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, told CNN that during last Thursday's meeting to present the deal, White House chief of staff John Kelly and White House senior adviser Stephen Miller brought in five other members of Congress "to refute any assertions ... that this was good policy."

At the meeting, Durbin said Trump also referred to some African nations as "shithole countries" and that Graham pushed back on Trump's use of the remark.

"(H)e said 'My family was from one of those s-hole countries.' He used the word himself," Durbin said.

The Democrat added that Graham had told Trump: "'They came here with limited training, limited experience. They made a life, they started a business and they gave me a chance. That's what America is all about.'"

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