Acosta and Trump Jr. continued making jabs on Twitter throughout the evening. Trump Jr. referred to Acosta as “Jimbo” and said the correspondent was being mocked for his video.
“You were at a part of the border WITH A WALL,” Trump Jr. tweeted. “So yes, of course it was working. Replicate that across the border & we’ll all be safer.”
Acosta pointed to Trump’s walk-backed claim that Mexico would pay for the wall and quipped: “Totally get it Don. Thanks for setting me straight. So you’re headed down to Mexico to pick up the check?”
The government shutdown, now on its 20th day, is poised to become the nation’s longest shutdown in history if the government does not reopen by Saturday. Roughly 800,000 federal employees have been affected, and public services have been disrupted.
Acosta has had numerous confrontations with White House officials — including getting his hard pass removed and then restored after a judge’s orders. The CNN correspondent has routinely challenged the administration in his news coverage, attracting both praise and condemnation.
On Tuesday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was the latest official to clash with the correspondent, who asked her whether Trump was going to “tell the truth” during his prime-time Oval Office address on Tuesday.
“Yes, Jim, and can you promise that you will?” Conway asked.
“And let me get back in your face because you’re such a smart-ass most of the time,” Conway added. “And I know you want this to go viral, a lot of these people don’t like you.”