The bad blood between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and President Donald Trump is no secret.
But when Acosta asked Trump what he’d say to critics who allege he’s “concocting” a national emergency at the southern border, Trump let him have it — and Acosta was left without a word.
“Do you think I’m creating something?” Trump asked so-called “Angel Moms” in attendance, who have lost children at the hands of illegal immigrants. One of the mothers even stood to show Acosta a picture of her child who was murdered.
“Ask these incredible women, who lost their daughters and their sons,” Trump implored Acosta. “Because your question is a very political question, because you have an agenda, you’re CNN, you’re fake news.”
Then, the president finished strong.
“The numbers that you gave are wrong,” Trump told Acosta. “Take a look at our federal prison population, see how many of them, percentage-wise, are illegal aliens. Just see. Go ahead and see.”
Take a look at the full exchange for yourself:
Only Getting Worse
Trump has been hammering the immigration issue since his first day as an official candidate. He warned even back in 2015 that the immigration problem was only going to get worse if something was not immediately done to address it.
While the problem did subside for a small time, at least in terms of how many crossings we were seeing, that time has clearly passed.
We are now seeing double and sometimes triple the number of apprehensions by border control that we saw last year. And if we are seeing that much of an increase in arrests, it’s obvious that far more are actually getting across the border.
The plan from those who have turned border crossing into a business is apparently to overwhelm the borders with more immigrants so they have a better chance of getting more through.
And unless we see significant increases in funding and a border wall, the number of illegal immigrants coming in is only going to climb.