President Obama excoriated a senior reporter from CBS News at a White House press conference Wednesday after he was asked a question about the nuclear deal with Iran.
CBS News Senior White House correspondent Major Garrett asked Obama in part: “As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran. Three held up on trumped-up charges according to your administration, one whereabouts unknown. Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content with all the fanfare around this deal to leave the conscious of this nation, the strength of this nation, unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?”
Garrett has also covered the White House for National Journal, Fox News, and CNN.
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Obama first answered the veteran reporter by giving Garrett “credit” by how he “crafted” his questions. “The notion that I am content as I celebrate with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails,” Obama started to answer, appearing insulted at the premise of the question. “Major, that’s nonsense; and you should know better.”
“I’ve met with the families of some of those folks. Nobody’s content. And our diplomats and our teams are working diligently to try to get them out,” Obama continued. “Now if the question is, why we did not tie the negotiations to their release, think about the logic that that creates.”
Suddenly Iran realizes, ‘You know what, maybe we can get additional concessions out of the Americans by holding these individuals.’ Makes it much more difficult for us to walk away if Iran somehow thinks that a nuclear deal is dependent in some fashion on the nuclear deal.
And, by the way, if we had walked away from the nuclear deal, we’d still be pushing them just as hard to get these folks out. That’s why those issues are not connected. But we are working every single day to try to get them out, and won’t stop until they’re out, and rejoined with their families.
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