Back in the Oval Office on Friday after his trip to the Southern border, President Trump was confronted by a number of reporters, one of whom just happened to be CNN’s Chief White House correspondent James Acosta, who inadvertently did Trump a favor when he also traveled to the border, posed next to the wall, and noted there “were no migrants trying to rush for this fence,” adding “matter of fact, it’s pretty tranquil down here.”
Trump trolled Acosta to his face, asserting, “Good job yesterday. I appreciate your salesmanship. I appreciate your salesmanship. … Some people are dumb.”
On Thursday, Acosta had posed at the wall from McAllen, Texas, reassuring Americans that there wasn’t “anything resembling a national emergency situation.”
Trump responded to Acosta’s tweet by trolling him on Twitter:
As The Daily Wire noted, in another video, Acosta showed what he said was an area of the border that shows fencing with barbed wire, writing: “All quiet on this stretch of the border ahead of Trump’s visit to McAllen TX area.”
A third video from Acosta showed him interviewing a local resident about the safety of the area. The woman confirmed to Acosta that the area, which has border barriers, was safe.
Acosta has done a fine job selling the efficacy of the wall so far. He seems to be personifying a quote from Trump’s “The Art of the Deal”: “The most important thing in life is to love what you’re doing, because that’s the only way you’ll ever be really good at it.”