CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta posted a video on Twitter from the border city of McAllen, Texas. In the video, he recorded himself walking along a steel slatted border fence while describing the area next to it.
"As we're walking long here, we're not seeing any sign of imminent danger," Acosta said. "There are no migrants trying to rush toward this fence in the McAllen, Texas area. As a matter-of-fact, there are some other businesses behind me along this highway. There's a gas station, a Burger King and so on. There's no sign of the national emergency that the President has been talking about. In fact, it's pretty tranquil down here."
Acosta appeared in the border city on the same day President Donald Trump visited the border zone and held a series of press conferences and roundtables with local and national government officials.
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
Charles Cooke, the editor of National Review, replied to Acosta's tweet, telling him the border wall is "precisely because there's a wall of the sort that those you're criticizing want to to extend."
President Trump and House Democrats are in a stand-off over $5 billion to build a border wall in parts of the US-Mexico border that has shut-down the government.
Another Twitter user replied with a photo of the end of the border wall without fencing while inviting Acosta to spend the night in that area and "tell me how safe you feel."
Presumably, Jim, the counter-argument would be that you don't see "a national emergency situation" precisely because there's a wall of the sort that those you're criticizing want to extend.— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) January 10, 2019
In another reply, Joni Cruver invited Acosta to his home in Arizona where there is no border wall: "[We] built our dream retirement home and sold out at a loss after 3 yrs due to ILLEGALS flooding across our property, break-ins, not to mention the trash! Get off your agenda, do research and provide an unbiased story!"
Come spend the night at this Place and tell me how safe you feel! Here’s the Location 32.5619678, -116.7997004 pic.twitter.com/pv6S6LTrC2— HeliSlacker (@HeliSlacker) January 10, 2019
In another roast, Twitter user "eyedosparty" mocked Acosta: I'm here, riding down the interstate in the passenger seat of this clearly marked police vehicle, and not one car has sped past us. No one speeds ... at least not on this road."
Go to AZ and live in a border town like I did WITHOUT a "wall". Built our dream retirement home and sold out at a loss after 3 yrs due to ILLEGALS flooding across our property, break-ins, not to mention the trash! Get off your agenda, do research and provide an unbiased story!— Joni Cruver (@jrrudol) January 10, 2019
Acosta continued tweeting how the border area in McAllen is safe because of the border wall by interviewing locals and displaying different types of fencing and patrolling areas along the border zone. After tweeting an interview with "Jose", Acosta wrote "Jose has lived here in the McAllen, Texas area his whole life. He also tells me it is very safe here."
I’m here, riding down the interstate in the passenger seat of this clearly marked police vehicle, and not one car has sped past us. No one speeds...at least not on this road— eyedocsparty (@spartan_racer) January 10, 2019
Acosta continued to tweet photos of his visit to the border zone with photos of certain types of border barriers including steel slats, levees, chain link fencing, razor wire and border patrols.
Spotted various methods of border protection down in McAllen area (steel slats, levees, chain link fence and some razor wire). Plus law enforcement and border patrol. pic.twitter.com/Px6QeTg3XX— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019