Cruz: Garrett Asked ‘Absolutely Fair’ Iran Question of Obama

Says admin is ‘popping champagne’ over ‘catastrophic’ deal while ignoring Christian hostages.

It’s one thing that GOP hopefuls and at least one mainstream reporter can agree on: President Obama’s Iran nuke deal needs more pushback and less celebration.

That’s not something the liberal media is going to give him, though. The networks have lauded the “history-making deal” and Obama’s “spirited defense” of it. CBS News reporter Major Garrett bucked the trend at a press conference yesterday where he grilled the President on why he was ignoring the four American hostages still in Iran. Obama clearly bristled and liberals at CNN and even at his own network gave Garrett flak.


MAJOR GARRETT: “As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran, three held on trumped-up charges, according to your administration, one whereabouts unknown,” Garrett said. “Can you tell the country, Sir, why you are content with all the fanfare around this deal to leave the conscience of this nation and the strength of this nation unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?” 

On The Kelly File July 15, Ted Cruz commended Garrett for his ‘fair question’ and blasted Obama’s petty “you should know better” response to the reporter. 

Host Megyn Kelly began by asking, “Was it a fair question? Was it a fair issue?” To which Cruz responded, “Oh, it was absolutely a fair question, and I’ll tell you what was nonsense was the President’s answer.” 

Cruz continued, “There are four American hostages in Iran. Held for professing their Christian faith, held for – one journalist, exercising his first amendment rights – and in the entire course of President Obama and John Kerry and the administration popping champagne and celebrating this deal with Iran they did nothing to free those imprisoned Americans. It was one of the many shameful aspects of this catastrophic Iran deal.” 

Cruz said the deal would allow Iran to “acquire nuclear weapons” and would “necessitate military action from the United States or Israel.” Noting that some have called the deal a “jihadist stimulus bill,” he pointed out that, under the agreement, “billions of dollars will flow from the U.S. to the Iranian government. “If this deal goes through,” Cruz warned,” the Obama administration will become the leading financier of terrorism against America in the world.

— Kristine Marsh is Staff Writer for MRC Culture at the Media Research Center. Follow Kristine Marsh on Twitter.