President Trump invoked the suffering of “Angel Moms” during a face-off with CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta Friday in the Rose Garden, as he discussed why he would be declaring a national emergency regarding border security.
Acosta, a long-time nemesis of the president’s, argued that critics claim Trump has overstated the situation at the border and that there is no actual crisis there.
“What do you say to your critics who say you are creating a national emergency? That you’re concocting a national emergency here in order to get your wall because you couldn’t get it through other ways?” Acosta asked.
“I ask the Angel Moms, what do you think? Do you think I’m creating something? Ask these incredible women who lost their daughters and their sons, okay? Because your question is a very political question, because you have an agenda,” Trump answered. “You’re CNN. You’re fake news. You have an agenda.”
President Trump asked by @Acosta about whether he is creating a crisis, pointing to stats from his own administration that conflict with his position. Trump says “you are fake news” and points to angel moms, one of whom stood up and said to Acosta, “This is real!” pic.twitter.com/x5EZbGDlE1
— Christal Hayes (@Journo_Christal) February 15, 2019
— Jon Miller (@MillerStream) February 15, 2019
Afterwards Acosta did a segment with the Angel Moms.
After Angel Moms confront Jim Acosta, he invites them to join him on air pic.twitter.com/VCL5DyzgXZ
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) February 15, 2019
"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
The president on Friday declared a national emergency, saying, “We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we’re going to do it one way or the other.”
"We’re going to be signing today and registering a National Emergency . . . We have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people—and it’s unacceptable." pic.twitter.com/tUeO8w4vcU
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 15, 2019