Graham: White House staff gave Trump 'really bad advice' on DACA

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham throws support behind Trump's Turkey sanctions Hillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Fury over Trump Syria decision grows MORE (R-S.C.) on Tuesday blamed the White House staff for an explosive meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE, saying they "gave him really bad advice."

"I don't think the president was well served by his staff. He's responsible for the way he conducts himself. ... Can't blame that on the staff, but I do believe his staff pretty much missed the mark here," Graham told reporters on Tuesday after a hearing with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenTrump says acting Homeland Security chief McAleenan will step down Activists to demonstrate at ICE headquarters after Cameroonian immigrant dies in custody Ex-Citizenship and Immigration Services chief returns to DHS in different role MORE.


Pressed if he was saying the president's staff gave him "bad advice" he added: "I think somebody on his staff gave him really bad advice."

Nielsen faced heated questions from Democrats on Tuesday over Thursday's White House meeting, in which Trump reportedly described immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations as coming from "shithole countries."

Graham is part of a small group of senators who announced last week that they had a deal among themselves to pair a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with border security and changes to family-based immigration and the diversity visa lottery program.

But Trump rejected that proposal during a meeting with Graham, Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games Overnight Health Care: Watchdog finds DEA allowed more opioids even as overdose deaths rose | Judge temporarily blocks Georgia abortion law | Three states report more vaping deaths | Dem proposes new fix for surprise medical bills During impeachment storm, senators cross aisle to lessen mass incarceration MORE (D-Ill.), and several conservative lawmakers, with Graham saying the immigration talks had become anĀ "s-show."

"What we need to do better is a reliable partner at the White House. Somebody like the president who showed up on Tuesday. We cannot do this with people in charge at the White House who have an irrational view of how to fix immigration," Graham told reporters.

Graham wouldn't say if he believes the "bad advice" came from White House aide Stephen Miller, a former Senate staffer known for his conservative views on immigration.

Asked if he was referring to White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, Graham added that "I think Gen. Kelly is a fine man, but he's also a part of the staff."