"CNN asked if KUSI would find a reporter to offer our local view of the debate", one of the anchors explained on air.
Aerial view of a group of Honduran migrants traveling in the Central American caravan, crossing the Mexico-US border fence to San Diego County, as seen from Playas de Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on December 12, 2018.
CNN responded to KUSI, calling its accusation a "non story". The network, in response, supplied reporter Dan Plante, whom KUSI says has filed "dozens" of reports from the border.
"Knowing this, CNN declined to have us on their programs, which often present the wall as not required in other places like the stretch of Texas border the president visited earlier today", Laurel said. When KUSI informed them that the barrier has actually been pretty effective, CNN hung up.
McKinnon added, "We have continuously been told by Border Patrol agents that the barrier along the southern border helps prevent illegal entries, drugs, and weapons from entering the United States, and the numbers prove it".
A CNN spokesperson told Newsweek: "We called several local stations to book someone for a show. After we informed them about our past reports, they declined to hear from us". That happens many times every single day.
UPDATE 10:40 a.m. ET: CNN has issued a statement - declaring the matter to be standard operating procedure and noting that the network previously booked a guest from KUSI to discuss the border wall in November. "This is a non story".
Trump's proposed border wall has dominated the political agenda in Washington since the government shutdown began shortly before Christmas, after the Senate and the House failed to reach an agreement over its funding. As he walked along a part of the border wall, Acosta noted how "tranquil" it was and how President Trump was exaggerating the "national emergency".