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Graham: Meeting with Trump 'most fascinating' in 20 years of politics

Graham: Meeting with Trump 'most fascinating' in 20 years of politics
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Election Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Five things to know about 'MBS,' Saudi Arabia's crown prince MORE (R-S.C.) said that a Tuesday meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE and Republican and Democratic lawmakers was the "most fascinating" gathering he had attended in his more-than-20-year political career.

In a series of tweets posted after the meeting on government funding and immigration policy concluded, Graham said that the president has the "right attitude" and expressed optimism that lawmakers could reach a deal for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

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The meeting came as lawmakers and the White House face mounting pressure to strike a deal on DACA, which offered young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children a temporary reprieve from deportation. 

The Trump administration announced in September that it would end the program, with the president urging Congress to find a legislative solution for DACA's hundreds of thousands of recipients, often called "Dreamers."

Democrats have called for a DACA fix to be included in a government-funding bill, with current funding set to run out next week. Republicans, on the other hand, have dismissed the idea of tying the matter to the spending measure and have accused Democrats have holding funding hostage over immigration.

Trump has also said that any deal on DACA must include funding for his long-promised border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and should seek to end so-called chain migration and the visa lottery program.

Asked on Tuesday if he would accept a DACA deal without funding for the wall, Trump said that he would "love not to build the wall, but you need the wall.”

On Monday evening, appropriators estimated that another short-term government funding bill would be necessary to avoid a shutdown on Jan. 19 as negotiations continue on larger spending legislation.