Jim Acosta, a host on CNN News, may need to take a Texas Two-Step out of the state after his rude confrontation at the border with former President Donald Trump. In the state that’s known for the biggest, the CNN host got some of his biggest boos after he shouted a question to the former president that got the crowd riled.
Acosta got his big boos after he shouted a question to Trump asking whether he plans to apologize to the American people for what happened at the Capitol on January 6th.
“Will you apologize about Jan. 6?” Acosta shouted just after the former president finished his speech near a section of the border wall.
“No!” A number of people in the crowd responded. The crowd was made up of mostly Republican members of Congress and staffers. Some in the crowd began to boo the White House reporter-turned-weekend anchor.
After the crowd shouted Acosta down, Trump looked in the anchor’s direction, smirked, and gave a thumbs-up.
A few minutes later, Acosta tweeted: ”At border event with Trump and Abbott I asked Trump if he’s going to apologize for January 6. He did not respond. A crowd of mostly GOP members and staff booed.”
Acosta was frustrated with the way the event was set up. He complained: “TX Gov. Abbott and his staff are blocking press access to his event today with Trump. They’ve decided to turn their roundtable discussion into a ‘pool’ coverage event. However, in addition to the pool, Abbott’s team is selectively allowing certain non-pool outlets into the event.”
Trump used the event to focus on Vice President Kamala Harris, who had been curiously absent from the border even though she has had responsibility for it since March.
“We’re going over to the border right now, but we’re going to the real part of the border where there are real problems, not a part where you look around and don’t see anybody.”
“There has never been a border so secure as the southern border that we had, and now it’s opened up,” Trump said.
Fox News had reported that President Biden ended many of the restrictive immigration policies that the Trump administration had implemented. The former president made border security a top priority during his administration and declared a state of emergency in 2019 so that finances could be diverted from federal funds and the military could finish the border wall.
President Biden not only stopped the building of the wall but also ended a program that forced migrants to stay in Mexico while waiting for resolution on their U.S. asylum cases. But arrests have risen to their highest monthly average in two decades recently and Republicans are blaming in on Biden.
President Trump said at the end of a briefing in Weslaco near the southern tip of Texas, “It was almost like they were ended because I did it.” Trump also said, “We’re going to admire the wall and how it works.”
The president also spoke at a round table near the border wall saying, “We have a sick country in many ways. It’s sick in elections, and it’s sick in the border. And if you don’t have good elections, and if you don’t have a strong border, you don’t have a country.”
Members of the Republican Study Committee, including Chairman Jim Banks (Ind.), were with the former president at the U.S.-Mexican border. The party is posturing to build up its base and run once again on hard-line immigration policies in the coming midterm elections. “President Trump spent four years fixing the border. But the Biden administration broke it again, and we are now experiencing the worst border crisis in our history,” Banks said in a statement before the trip.