The New York Post reports:
Democrats gripe that the biggest threat to a bipartisan immigration deal is not a profane presidential comment, but the hard-line White House aide who set up the meeting that prompted the remark.
President Trump’s senior adviser Stephen Miller orchestrated the Thursday confrontation in the White House in which the president objected to immigrants from “shithole countries,” The Hill reported.
Calling the maneuver “the Stephen Miller ambush,” a senior Democratic aide said Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham were blindsided when they arrived for what they thought would be a private confab with Trump.Don't say I haven't warned you about this guy.
Instead, they found themselves at a debate with immigration hawks.
“Graham and Durbin expect to have a meeting, they show up and there’s this anti-immigrant cast of characters there,” the Democratic aide said. “And that was obviously designed by Stephen Miller to try to kill the deal.”
The two senators found themselves defending their proposal against criticism from GOP Sens. Tom Cotton, Bob Goodlatte and David Perdue and others who opposed their plan for its lack of stringent enforcement measures.
“Stephen Miller is feeling empowered and is apparently running the White House in terms of immigration policy,” the Democratic aide moaned.