CNN anchor spars with GOP rep who accuses CNN of 'misleading the public': 'What's the emergency?'

CNN anchor John Berman sparred with Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksGOP lawmaker blasts Omar and Tlaib: Netanyahu right to block 'enemies' of Israel Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker MORE (R-Ala.) over illegal immigration on Friday as he pressed the lawmaker to provide evidence of an "emergency" along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The exchange "New Day" came as Berman questioned why construction of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE's proposed border wall was urgently required at a time when the federal government is partially shut down.

Brooks argued Trump had the right to call for a national emergency, appearing to compare it to action taken by the United States after the 9/11 attacks.

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"What we're facing today is a national emergency of major proportions," Brooks said, referring to illegal border crossings. "And Congress has delegated to the president of the United States the right ... to declare a national emergency under certain circumstances."

"What’s the emergency?" Berman asked the congressman.

"Let's look at 9/11 by way of example," Brooks responded. "We lost 3,000 people, more or less, on 9/11. That justified going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and our troops are still there."

Brooks went on to cite American deaths due to homicides committed by suspected illegal immigrants, as well as the ongoing opioid crisis, as reasons for Trump to declare a similar situation occurring at the southern border.

Trump has battled Congress for weeks over funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, with the White House demanding $5.7 billion and Democrats refusing to steer any funds for a border wall.

Friday marked the 21st day of the shutdown, which continue with no immediate end in sight.