Graham says there will be no progress on shutdown negotiations 'as long as the radical left is in charge'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Memo: Trump can't let go of McCain grudge The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's intraparty feuds divide Republicans Trump's attacks on McCain exacerbate tensions with Senate GOP MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday said there will not be progress on negotiations to end the partial government shutdown "as long as the radical left is in charge."

Graham suggested during an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" that Republicans are being forced to negotiate with Democrats who are being unreasonable in their demands.

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"We’re having to negotiate with people who want to abolish ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], not support ICE. We’re having to negotiate with people who see border patrol agents gassing children, rather than defending our borders as professional law enforcement officers," Graham said. 

"And we’re negotiating with people who will ... accuse all of us who support a wall as part of border security as racists. As long as the radical left is in charge, we’re not going to get anywhere," he added.

Graham added that "the goal" is not to reopen the government, but instead to "fix a broken immigration system."

“I do want to open up the government," he said. "But the goal is not to open up the government. The goal is to fix a broken immigration system, to bring reality to this table.”

The government is now in its third week of a partial shutdown, with lawmakers still at odds over President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE's request for funding for a wall to be built along the southern border.

Democrats have pledged not to support any funding for a wall, but Graham said Sunday on "Face the Nation" that Congress will "never have a deal" without wall funding.

“There is a deal to be had here, but it will include a wall," Graham said. "And if there’s no wall in this deal, we’ll never have a deal.”