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President Responds to Acosta's Claim of ‘Concocting’ a National Emergency

2019-02-15 23:27
CNN's Chief White House Correspondent was confronted by a group of "angel moms"—women whose children have been killed by illegal immigrants—after a press conference in the Rose Garden where President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to fund the physical barrier along the U.S.–Mexico border. Before taking questions from reporters, Trump made his announcement to address the humanitarian crisis on the southwest border. The emergency declaration, combined with a spending bill passed by Congress on Feb. 14, will provide his administration with $8 billion for wall construction. Trump referred Acosta to the group of angel moms after the reporter questioned if he had manufactured the crisis along the border. "What do you say to your critics who say that you are creating a national emergency, that you're concocting a national emergency here in order to get your wall?" Acosta asked Trump during the Feb. 15 press conference. "I'll ask the angel moms," Trump responded. "What do you think, do you think I'm creating something? Ask these incredible women who lost their daughters and their sons." Trump said Acosta's line of questioning contained an "agenda" behind it.