At a Rose Garden ceremony on Friday, President Trump announced a declaration of national emergency in an effort to address ongoing security issues at our nation’s southern border.

The Hill reports:

President Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to bypass Congress and spend roughly $8 billion on barriers along the southern border, a big step toward building his long-promised wall that also comes with significant political and legal risk.

Trump’s move, announced in a rambling, improvised address from the Rose Garden shortly after signing the declaration, will launch a fierce constitutional battle in the courts with lawmakers and outside groups who say the president overstepped his authority.

Trump took questions from reporters after his speech, and one exchange in particular with CNN‘s Jim Acosta—a noted Trump critic and discredited border security skeptic—raised eyebrows:

The clash came as Acosta challenged Trump over what he described as a “disconnect” concerning his description of illegal immigration.

“You are presenting information about what’s happening at the border, calling it an invasion, talking about women with duct tape over their mouths and so on, and yet there is a lot of reporting out there, a lot of crime data out there … that shows border crossings at a near record low,” Acosta said.

Trump fired back, “That’s because of us,” as the CNN reporter attempted to talk over the president.

“Excuse me,” Trump intervened. “It’s still massive numbers of crossings.”

Acosta – who has emerged as a hero among progressives for attacking Trump and members of his administration when they’re available to the press – then said stats show “undocumented immigrants committing crime at lower levels than native-born Americans.”

During the contentious back and forth, the president pointed to the Angel Moms in the crowd and told Acosta to tell them that the border security crisis was a made-up issue.

Angel Moms are mothers whose children were killed by illegal immigrants.

During the confrontation Acosta told the mothers “my heart goes out to you” and said that he was “not trying to take away from anything” the mothers were trying to do.

Except when he does.

Just prior to Trump’s announcement and Acosta’s subsequent run-in with the moms, the combative reporter described them to CNN anchor Jim Sciutto during a news segment (bolded emphasis added):

“Jim, 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,” Acosta 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.”

“Allegedly”?

Never change, Acosta. Never change.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —