Graham backs Trump's border wall demand: 'Dig in!'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamJudiciary chairman issues subpoena for full Mueller report The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Barr to allow some lawmakers to review less-redacted Mueller report as soon as next week MORE (R-S.C.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE’s most vocal allies on Capitol Hill, endorsed the White House demand for $5 billion in border wall funding in order to avert a partial government shutdown on Friday at midnight.

“It’s right to fight for wall funding. The House-passed bill is reasonable. Let’s Dig in!” Graham tweeted, referring to the House measure that includes $5.7 billion in wall funding. That legislation is unlikely to pass the Senate.

The South Carolina Republican was echoing remarks he made earlier this month.

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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,” Graham said this month, referring to a February deal that fell through that would have provided $25 billion for border security, including the wall, in exchange for protections for young immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.

The Senate on Wednesday passed a stopgap funding bill that would avert a shutdown, but Trump said Thursday he would not sign that measure into law since it did not include border wall funding. Democrats have stated that border wall funding is a nonstarter.