Lindsey Graham: Trump needs to ‘dig in’ on wall funding

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Senate panel advances bill targeting online child sexual abuse | Trump administration awards tech group contract to build 'virtual' wall | Advocacy groups urge Congress to ban facial recognition technologies Senate panel advances bill targeting online child sexual abuse The Hill's Campaign Report: The political heavyweights in Tuesday's primary fights MORE (R-S.C.), who has emerged as one of President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE’s staunchest allies on Capitol Hill, urged the president to “dig in” on funding for a border wall as a deadline to fund parts of the government looms. 

Trump made a “compelling case that you need more wall funding to secure the country,” Graham said on Fox News Tuesday night.

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“He needs to dig in and get the very Democrats who voted for $25 billion to give him $5 [billion] because we need the money now more than ever,” he added, referring to a February deal that fell through. It would have provided $25 billion for border security, including the wall, along with protections for young undocumented immigrants protected by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

Graham's comments came hours after an Oval Office meeting Tuesday in which Trump stunned Republicans when he said he would take ownership of a partial government shutdown if an agreement could not be reached with Democrats over funding for a border wall.

“We don’t get what we want, one way or the other whether it’s through you, through military, through anything you want to call, I will shut down the government. And I am proud to shut down the government for border security. I will take the mantle. I will shut it down, I’m not going to blame you for it,” Trump told Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPublic awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? Military bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation Pelosi: Trump 'himself is a hoax' MORE (D-Calif.) at the White House. 

Funding for seven government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, will lapse on Dec. 21 without a deal.

Graham during the Fox interview urged Trump to pair DACA with border wall money in a new round of government funding and dare the Democrats to decline the deal.

“I think the president and people like me need to make a case to the American people that they’re denying this president money that makes sense. … It’s not the money, it’s the desire to have Trump fail,” he said. 

“He’s in a good spot — make the case that this money is necessary, and challenge the Democrats to work on DACA plus the wall, and if they say no to that, that means they really do hate Trump more than they care about the country, and that will blow up in their face.” 

Trump has made his campaign promise of a border wall the cornerstone of his immigration policy, though its funding is in serious jeopardy with Democrats poised to take control of the House of Representatives in January.