President Donald Trump fired back at CNN’s Jim Acosta as he was taking questions after announcing a national emergency at the United States-Mexico border on Friday, telling him to ask those who have lost loved ones to illegal immigrant crime whether or not the border crisis is real.
The tense moment started out when Acosta pointed to several statistics on border crossings and crime rates among illegal immigrants as he began to suggest that the president was blowing the problem out of proportion.
“What do you say to your critics who say you are creating a national emergency?” Acosta finally asked after some prompting to hurry up from Trump.
“Ask the Angel Moms,” the president shot back, pointing to those he took the time to honor earlier in his speech. “What do you think? Do you think I’m creating something? Ask these incredible women who lost their daughters and their sons.”
Then President Trump further reamed Acosta, saying, “Your question is a very political question, you have an agenda, you’re CNN, you’re fake news, the numbers that you gave are wrong.”
Watch the moment unfold below:
Trump's response when he didn't like @Acosta's question:
"You are CNN. You are fake news. You have an agenda. The numbers you gave are wrong…It's a fake question." pic.twitter.com/X8ziBFJHTt
— CAP Action (@CAPAction) February 15, 2019
The back-and-forth came after the president shared his “great respect” for angel families and took the time to honor them just moments before during his announcement.
President Trump asks an “angel mom” whose daughter was killed as a result of illegal immigration to stand. She is holding a picture of her daughter who President Trump says was killed in 2018. pic.twitter.com/hY7OPjFD9i
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) February 15, 2019
As IJR Red reported, President Trump gave them, several of whom carried photos of the children they lost, a shout out during his remarks:
“I want to thank in particular the Angel moms and dads for being here. Thank you very much. We have great respect for you. Our real country, the people that really love our country, they love you. So I just want you to know that. I know how hard you fight and I know how hard a fight you’re having.”
On Friday, the president signed a spending deal to keep the federal government open just before the deadline expired and announced his plans to declare a national emergency at the southern border in hopes of allocating $8 billion in federal funds to build his proposed border wall.