- President Donald Trump took a jab at CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta after Acosta posted a video of himself scrutinizing the president’s characterization of a “crisis” at the US-Mexico border.
- Acosta, who was at McAllen, Texas, where Trump toured the border with Mexico on Thursday, said in his video that he did not “see anything resembling a national emergency situation.”
- “Dear Diary…,” Trump said in a tweet that replied to Acosta’s video.
President Donald Trump took a jab at CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta after he posted a video of himself scrutinizing the president’s characterization of a “crisis” at the US-Mexico border on Thursday.
“Dear Diary…,” Trump said in a tweet that replied to Acosta’s video.
Acosta, who was at McAllen, Texas, where Trump toured the border with Mexico on Thursday, said in his video that he did not “see anything resembling a national emergency situation.” The video, which had over 2 million views at the time of writing, attracted supporters and critics, including Trump’s son, Trump Organisation executive Donald Trump Jr.
I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today. pic.twitter.com/KRoLdszLUu
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
Trump Jr. replied to Acosta’s tweet, claiming that the correspondent was not seeing a calamity at the border because he was reporting near the border barrier.
“Of course you don’t Jim,” Trump Jr. tweeted. “That’s because walls work. Thanks for your help proving [Donald Trump’s] point and simultaneously creating one of the best self-own videos ever!!!”
Acosta fired back by referring to the 20-day partial government shutdown and calling the situation “a little strange.”
“You guys seem to be saying the current measures in place are working,” Acosta tweeted. “Does that mean your dad should reopen the government and get federal employees back to work? #byebye.”
“Bye-bye” was a phrase Trump reportedly used as he stormed out of negotiations with Democrats on Wednesday after they rejected his $US5.7 billion demand to fund a border barrier.
Acosta and Trump Jr. continued making jabs on Twitter throughout the evening, with both personalities refusing to give ground.
The CNN correspondent has had numerous confrontations with White House officials and routinely challenges the administration in his news coverage. Trump often ignores Acosta’s line of questioning during press conferences, and defers to his favoured description of CNN by claiming it is “fake news.”
Trump visited Texas’ border with Mexico as the ongoing partial government stretched to its 20th day. The shutdown is posed to become the nation’s longest if it does not reopen by Saturday. Trump has urged Congress pass an appropriations bill that includes $US5.7 billion for barrier funding, which Democrats have adamantly rejected.
“One way or the other, we will get it done,” Trump said in a video with US Border Patrol officials.
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