Obama Angered by CBS Question About Americans Held in Iran


During a Wednesday press conference about the Iran nuclear deal, President Obama was angered by a question from CBS reporter Major Garrett about the American prisoners held in Iran.

"Thank you, Mr. President. As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran, three held on trumped-up charges according to your administration and one whereabouts unknown. Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content with all the fanfare around this deal to leave the conscience of this nation, the strength of this nation unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?" Garrett asked.

Iran currently holds four American prisoners: former Marine Amir Hekmati, Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, and former FBI agent Robert Levinson.

President Obama seemed to take offense to Garrett’s question that he celebrated and was content while four American citizens languish in Iranian custody.

"I’ve got to give you credit for how you craft those questions," Obama said, pausing at one point to glare at Garrett before continuing. "The notion that I’m content as I celebrate with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails, Major, that's—that's nonsense, and you should know better."

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