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CNN Reporter Says Major Garrett 'Crossed the Line' With Question That Visibly Frustrated Obama


"Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content with all the fanfare?"

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. The White House admitted Thursday that a January US operation against an Al Qaeda compound near the Afghan-Pakistan border killed one American and one Italian hostage, along with an American member of the jihadist group. The White House identified the hostages killed in the operation against the border compound as US contractor Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto. (AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN)

CNN correspondent Dana Bash weighed in on a controversial question that CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett asked President Barack Obama during a press conference about Iran on Wednesday, saying that she believes the reporter "crossed the line."

"You do want to be tough, but there’s a fine line ... between asking a tough question and maybe crossing that line a little bit and being disrespectful," Bash said while appearing on CNN to address the matter. "And I think that that happened here."

As TheBlaze previously reported, Obama appeared visibly agitated by the framing of the Garrett's question about four Americans who are still detained in Iran despite a nuclear agreement that was reached this week.

"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?" the correspondent asked.

Obama grew visibly frustrated and told Garrett that he should “know better” than to ask that.

Watch Bash's comments below:

Others, too, have weighed in on Garrett's back and forth with Obama.

"Basically what he was saying is, 'Man, look here, are you out of your damn mind?'" Don Lemon quipped while recounting Obama's reaction. "I was at home watching it, going, 'Wait a minute, it was a little out of school.' I thought that was the next thing that coming, like, 'What is wrong with you?' That's what I thought [Obama] was going to say."

Garrett responded to the controversy later on Wednesday, saying that he was not suggesting that Obama was content with the four Americans continuing to be detained, but that he wanted to seek an answer regarding their fate.

"Politicians, especially those elected as president, are very adept at creating straw men. Taking something that they feel rhetorically works to their advantage and using it. That’s exactly what the president did," Garrett said. "My question did not suggest he was content with the captivity of those four Americans. My question was about the contentment, or the satisfaction, or the realization that it was necessary within the context of this deal to leave them unaccounted for. That was the essence of the question."

(H/T: Mediaite)

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