CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta was confronted by a group of angel moms in the Rose Garden on Friday following President Donald Trump’s announcement of a national emergency at the border, Fox News reports.
After the press conference, during which Acosta cited several statistics surrounding the situation at the southern border and stated that there was a “disconnect” between the statistics and Trump’s statements, the group of angel moms approached Acosta.
Watch the moment below:
CNN's Jim Acosta questioned the President's motives in declaring a national emergency. https://t.co/1mv3AVLLMf
"Are you concocting this emergency," Acosta asked.
Trump asked an "angel mom" attending his declaration to answer Acosta's question. pic.twitter.com/29uUW0o5lV
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 15, 2019
One of the mothers who confronted him talked with the CNN reporter about her son, who was murdered by an undocumented immigrant that had been previously deported and returned to the country illegally. She additionally told Acosta that “President Trump is completely correct on this issue, we need to protect this country.”
During the confrontation, Acosta asked the angel moms to appear in the background of his CNN live shot.
After Angel Moms confront Jim Acosta, he invites them to join him on air pic.twitter.com/VCL5DyzgXZ
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) February 15, 2019
“Some of these folks came up to me right after this press conference was over, and they’re holding up these pictures of these loved ones who lost their lives,” Acosta said on CNN following his exchange with Trump.
Watch the video below:
"President Trump is completely correct on this issue," an 'angel mom' whose son was killed by an undocumented immigrant tells CNN's @Acosta reacting to Trump declaring a national emergency to secure funding for a border wall. https://t.co/MfIjYpN1Cq pic.twitter.com/bTdEVZBRdK
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) February 15, 2019
“There is no attempt whatsoever to diminish what they’ve gone through or take away what they’ve gone through, but as you heard in that question that I had with the president, it was really about the facts and the data.”
This confrontation comes after the Rose Garden press conference in which Trump declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border on the same day he signed a government spending bill to avert another shutdown and allocate $1.375 billion to strengthen border security measures.
It is anticipated that the president’s declaration will face a lengthy dispute in court in the future, with the American Civil Liberties Union announcing Friday that it will sue the Trump administration next week over the move.