Jim Acosta on His Clash With Trump: The President Had a ‘Truth Emergency’ Trying to Make Case for Wall
On Friday, President Donald Trump held a press conference at the Rose Garden where he announced his plans to sign a government funding bill and declare a national emergency in order to build his wall.
During the presser, the president clashed with CNN’s Jim Acosta, who at one point presented Trump with statistics that don’t support his case for a border wall and added, “I believe in facts and statistics.”
Trump blew up.
“You’re CNN. You’re fake news. You have an agenda. The numbers you gave are wrong,” Trump scolded. “Take a look at our federal prison population. See how many of them percentage wise are illegal aliens. Just see. Go ahead and see. It’s a fake question.”
Speaking on CNN Friday night, Acosta talked about what happened in the Rose Garden earlier and how Trump was trying to get away with “alternative facts.”
Host Anderson Cooper prompted him by noting that Trump certainly did not like to be pressed on the facts today.
“No,” Acosta replied. “It was sort of a truth emergency out there on the Rose Garden South Lawn where the president was trying to make this case for a wall once again. You saw him trying to really present his own set of alternative facts. He was going against what the data has shown us for some time now.”
Acosta then pointed out Trump is “warping the facts” and probably knows it.
“You saw what happened…He went after us, called us names again. My experience, Anderson, covering this president is that when he is calling us names, coming after us, that’s when he knows the facts are not on his side and his back is against the wall.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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