Jim Acosta, a reporter for CNN and a hero of the anti-Trump #Resistance, suggested Friday that President Donald Trump was manufacturing a fake crisis at our southern border in order to build an apparently unnecessary wall. President Trump redirected Mr. Acosta to the so-called "Angel Moms" — women whose children have been murdered at the hands of illegal immigrants — joining him at the press conference.
"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?" asked Acosta.
"Ask the 'Angel Moms,'" Trump shot back. "What do you think? You think I'm 'creating' something?" the president asked the mothers.
One 'Angel Mom,' according to USA Today reporter Christal Hayes, stood up and yelled to Acosta: "This is real!"
"Ask these incredible women who lost their daughters and their sons," Trump continued. "Your question is a very political question, because you have an agenda. You're CNN. You're fake news. You have an agenda."
"Take a look at our federal prison population,” the president told Acosta. “See how many of them, percentage-wise, are illegal aliens. Just see."
"Angel Mom" Sabine Durben, whose 30-year-old son Dominic was tragically killed by an illegal immigrant who had two prior DUI charges, confronted Acosta to challenge his comments about a "manufactured" crisis, reported Jon Miller, a White House correspondent for The Blaze.
The Daily Wire reported Thursday evening that President Donald Trump was being shielded from "Angel Moms" requesting to meet with him by two of his own staffers, according to two White House sources speaking to One American News Network correspondent Ryan Girdusky.
"I don't know exactly what is going on and why we can't see our President," Durben told The Daily Wire. "We've been scheduled to come here for over a week. Everything is just so strange. I don't know who would shield him from us. I just know that if he sees pictures of our dead children, he wouldn’t sign that bill."
Durbin added that she will not stop her activism until the border is secure. "I'm not going to stop,” she said. “I owe this to my son. He would do the same for me and more.”
Acosta, painted into a corner, reportedly had the "Angel Moms" on a CNN segment following the confrontation.
“Jim Acosta convinced by 'Angel Moms' to do a live shot with them behind him. They’re telling their story on [CNN] now. Finally the network airs [real news],” wrote Miller.
At the press conference, Trump further addressed the Angel Moms and others effected by illegal immigration.
"I have such respect for these people: 'Angel Moms,' 'Angel Dads,' 'Angel Families,'" said the president. "These are brave people. They don't have to be here, they don't have to be doing this. They're doing it for other people. So I just want to thank all of you for being here."
Angel Moms have been vocal in the opposition to the Department of Homeland Security funding bill, begging the president not to sign it. As outlined by The Daily Wire’s Josh Hammer, the bill "is the exact boondoggle Trump ran against."