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 leaders dead set against Roy Moore in Alabama Poll: Roy Moore leading Alabama GOP field Alabama Holocaust Commission condemns GOP lawmaker's use of Hitler phrase 'big lie' 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 TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens 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.


"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.