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Angel Moms Confront CNN's Acosta

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During a press conference where he declared a national emergency to build the border wall, President Trump referred CNN’s Jim Acosta Friday to a group of Angel Moms, who lost children at the hands of illegal immigrants.

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"What do you say to your critics who say that you are creating a national emergency, that you're concocting a national emergency here in order to get your wall?" Acosta asked Trump. 

"I'll ask the angel moms," Trump answered. "What do you think, do you think I'm creating something? Ask these incredible women who lost their daughters and their sons."

Following the event, these moms confronted Acosta and ended up on CNN’s live broadcast holding photos of the children they had lost.

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One mother, Agnes Gibboney, told Acosta the story of her son and said that Trump was “completely correct on this issue.”

Her son, Ronald da Silva, was “shot and killed in El Monte by Luis Gonzales, a gang member and undocumented immigrant,” in 2002.

Gonzales plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter, according to the Whittier Daily News.

Acosta and CNN’s Kate Bolduan emphasized during the segment that they were not trying to “diminish” these women's stories.

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Prior to the event, Acosta described the Angel Moms as parents of those who were "allegedly killed by undocumented immigrants.”

"We believe those are some of the Angel Moms that the president has talked so much about out on the campaign trail, at rallies and so on," he said. "These are parents of victims who were allegedly killed by undocumented immigrants. The president likes to point to these folks who have been through some terrible experiences as evidence a wall is needed down at the border."

"If we are seeing some of the Angel Moms coming in, the president will be trying to drum up some emotional energy on this occasion, to try to sell the wall," he added. "We have seen him do it before."

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