CNN reporter Jim Acosta just inserted himself in the middle of the border security shutdown battle on Capitol Hill. In a live report, Acosta attempted to show how “safe” the U.S.-Mexico border is…while behind a border wall. He was swiftly called out by Mark Morgan, former chief of U.S. Border Patrol, for the unintentional irony of proving that President Donald Trump is right to demand border security. “I hope the American people aren’t lost on the irony that he’s standing behind a wall saying it’s peaceful. Because there’s a wall. Think about that, right? The irony there.” Morgan then challenged Acosta to report from the unfenced portion of the border at night…where real criminals are killing real Border Patrol agents every single year. Imagine that: bad guys don’t cross the border in daylight. Thanks for the tip there, Jim.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
The former chief of U.S. Border Patrol hit at CNN reporter Jim Acosta for claiming earlier on Thursday that the Rio Grande Valley region of the U.S.-Mexico border was a “safe” place.
“I hope the American people aren’t lost on the irony that he’s standing behind a wall saying it’s peaceful. Because there’s a wall. Think about that, right? The irony there,” Mark Morgan, who led Border Patrol from mid-2016 into early 2017, told Fox News host Laura Ingraham late Thursday.
Acosta visited McAllen, Texas, Thursday as part of the White House press pool that accompanied Trump on the trip.
“The steel slats don’t run the entire length of the border in the McAllen area,” Acosta tweeted along with a photo of himself standing by the steel-bollard barrier. “We found one part where there is a chain link fence. Occasionally migrants come thru but residents say their community is quite safe.”