WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump joined a refrain of Republicans on Thursday in mocking Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief White Home correspondent, on Twitter for a video the journalist posted displaying areas of the border that had a wall.
Acosta, who traveled to Texas for the president’s border go to, posted a video on Twitter of him strolling alongside a steel-slated fence on the U.S.-Mexico border. He stated he did not “see something resembling a nationwide emergency.”
“We’re not seeing any form of imminent hazard. There aren’t any migrants making an attempt to hurry towards this fence right here within the McAllen, Texas, space,” Acosta stated. “No signal of the nationwide emergency that the president has been speaking about. As a matter of truth, it is fairly tranquil down right here.”
Virtually immediately, conservatives stated the video confirmed that partitions and limitations alongside the border have been working. Fox Information’ Tucker Carlson used the video as a part of a gap monologue. White Home Press Secretary Sarah Sanders thanked Acosta, saying he was “doing our job for us and so clearly explaining why WALLS WORK.”
I discovered some metal slats down on the border. However I don’t see something resembling a nationwide emergency scenario.. at the least not within the McAllen TX space of the border the place Trump will probably be at present. pic.twitter.com/KRoLdszLUu
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
The president additionally chimed in on Twitter, writing “Expensive Diary” atop Acosta’s video.
Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, stated Acosta’s video was one of many “greatest self-own movies,” displaying that “partitions work.”
Acosta fended off criticism, telling Sanders that she was “twisting the reality.”
“As we’ve been reporting at present there are different sections of the border that don’t have partitions or slats. But, the residents right here really feel secure,” Acosta wrote on Twitter.
He additionally obtained right into a back-and-forth with the president’s son, asking Trump Jr. that if present measures have been working why could not the federal government be reopened? Acosta additionally questioned whether or not Trump Jr. was “headed right down to Mexico to choose up the verify” for the border wall.
He ended every tweet with variations of #byebye, a reference to how President Trump ended a gathering with Democratic leaders on the White Home on Wednesday.
Acosta has clashed with the president and White Home a number of occasions all through the Trump presidency. Acosta’s press credentials have been quickly revoked on the White Home after a contentious change with Trump throughout a information convention when the president known as Acosta a “impolite, horrible individual.”
This text initially appeared on USA TODAY: President Trump mocks CNN’s Jim Acosta over Twitter video at border wall