Social media lit up on Wednesday after the clash between White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and CNN’s Jim Acosta during a press briefing.
Miller was about to finish his turn at the microphone, according to a report in The Washington Post, when, unsatisfied with the question just asked, he pointed to Acosta, offering the TV reporter the last question.
Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump had touted a plan by two Republican senators designed to slash legal immigration and block the entry of low-skill, low-wage workers into the United States.
Acosta is the CNN reporter who irritated Trump so much at a January news conference that the president exclaimed “You are fake news!”
Acosta was ready with his question:
“What you're proposing and what the president is proposing does not sound like it’s in keeping with American tradition when it comes to immigration,” Acosta said. “The Statue of Liberty says, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’ It doesn't say anything about speaking English or being...a computer programmer.”
Acosta continued, asking whether the Trump administration was trying to change what it meant to be an immigrant.
A two-minute exchange between the two ensued.
Miller, a former Duke University student whose brash path from the Durham campus in the days of the Duke lacrosse scandal to the White House is profiled here, went on about when the poem was added to the Statue of Liberty to green cards to Trump’s pledge of building a wall on the Southern border.