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.
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."
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!"
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."
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."
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.
Clinton Gillespie is editor