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Sarah Huckabee Sanders and CNN correspondent Jim Acosta sparred on social media on Thursday after the White House press secretary thanked Acosta for bolstering the Trump administration's argument for a border wall.
Acosta posted images from the border near McAllen, Texas, of a steel-slat barrier, chain-link fence and razor-wire, and reported there was "no sign of the national emergency that the president's been talking about."
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His tweet came as President Trump visited the area to drum up support for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border amid an ongoing government shutdown.
"When I went with President @realDonaldTrump to the border today I never imagined @Acosta would be there doing our job for us and so clearly explaining why WALLS WORK," Sanders tweeted, citing a tweet in which Acosta described the area near the border as "pretty tranquil."
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Sanders was one of several conservatives who highlighted Acosta's tweet to argue that a wall is an effective deterrent to illegal immigration.
Acosta responded a short time later, accusing Sanders of "twisting the truth again."
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"As we have been reporting today there are other sections of the border that don’t have walls or slats," Acosta tweeted. "Yet, the residents here feel safe."
Acosta added that he was...
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