Sarah Huckabee Sanders and CNN correspondent Jim Acosta sparred on social media on Thursday after the White Home press secretary thanked Acosta for bolstering the Trump administration’s argument for a border wall.

Acosta posted images from the border close to McAllen, Texas, of a steel-slat barrier, chain-link fence and razor-wire, and reported there was “no signal of the nationwide emergency that the president’s been speaking about.”

His tweet got here as President TrumpDonald John TrumpGovernment employees protest outdoors White Home on shutdown day 20 Fed chief Powell: Extended shutdown will hurt US financial system Senators say questions stay on Trump technique in Syria after briefing MORE visited the realm to drum up assist for his proposed wall alongside the U.S.-Mexico border amid an ongoing authorities shutdown.

“Once I went with President @realDonaldTrump to the border at present I by no means imagined @Acosta can be there doing our job for us and so clearly explaining why WALLS WORK,” Sanders tweeted, citing a tweet by which Acosta described the realm close to the border as “fairly tranquil.” 

Sanders was certainly one of a number of conservatives who highlighted Acosta’s tweet to argue {that a} wall is an efficient deterrent to unlawful immigration.

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Acosta responded a short while later, accusing Sanders of “twisting the reality once more.”

“As we have now been reporting at present there are different sections of the border that don’t have partitions or slats,” Acosta tweeted. “But, the residents right here really feel protected.”

Acosta added that he was “glad she did not physician” his video, a swipe at Sanders for sharing altered footage of a November press convention that was used to justify the withdrawal of his press cross.

The president has demanded greater than $5 billion in funding for his border wall, arguing the wall is critical to handle what he has known as a humanitarian and safety disaster.

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Democrats have supplied cash for different border safety measures, however have given nothing for the wall. The deadlock has been on the coronary heart of a partial shutdown that has dragged on for 20 days.

Trump has pledged to declare a nationwide emergency to assemble the wall if no deal is reached.

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White Home officers have lengthy had an acrimonious relationship with Acosta and CNN as an entire. Sanders and Acosta have recurrently clashed throughout press briefings, and White Home counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayThe Hill’s Morning Report — Groundhog Day: Negotiations implode as shutdown reaches 20 days Dem strategist says occasion’s leaders battle to narrate to People Conway preemptively chides ‘phony-baloney’ polls displaying Trump speech did not enhance assist for wall MORE on Tuesday known as the correspondent a “smartass.”

The White Home rescinded Acosta’s credential final November following a heated alternate with the president at a press convention. Sanders accused Acosta of constructing contact with a White Home intern, a cost the reporter and his colleagues refuted.

The matter ended up in courtroom, with a choose ordering the administration to revive Acosta’s press cross.

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