President Obama became visibly frustrated with CBS reporter Major Garrett during a live question-and-answer session about the Iran deal, calling Garrett’s question “nonsense” and telling him, “you should know better.”
Garrett asked for Obama’s reaction to those who feel like he’s spiking the football on the Iran deal while four Americans continue to languish in Iranian custody.
“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 asked in the first part of his question.
Obama at first chuckled and commented on Garrett’s question-asking ability. Then he got very serious, and visibly frustrated.
“The notion that I am content as I celebrate with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails,” he said, gesturing with his hands and then taking a long pause. “Major, that’s nonsense, and you should know better.”
“I’ve met with the families of some of this folks. Nobody’s content. And our diplomats and our teams are working diligently to try and get them out,” he said.
He then went on to explain why the U.S. did not tie the release of the Americans to the Iran deal.
“Think about the logic that that creates,” he said. “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 a nuclear deal is dependent in some fashion on the nuclear deal.”
He reiterated that the government is still working to free them.
Watch the tense exchange below: