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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLet's give thanks to Republican defenders of Democracy Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight 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 TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation 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.”