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CNN’s Acosta Defends Garrett: ‘Slamming Reporters’ Won’t Solve Obama Deal’s ‘Weakness’

Wednesday, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta defended his colleague CBS’s Major Garrett’s question to President Barack Obama about the American hostages freedom not being part of the Iran nuclear deal

Acosta said, “Well, he can get testy at times, and clearly this question got under his skin. And I don’t think slamming reporters will solve any problems for the president. It clearly shows that there’s a weakness in this deal in the fact he was not able to secure the release of those Americans being detained in Iran. And it’s going to continue to be a pressure point for this president for his detractors up on Capitol Hill.”

He added,  “He was really relishing the opportunity to fire back at his critics. You could tell a lot of this has been welling up in him for some time, and I think that pressure valve was released when Major asked that question. I don’t think it was an unfair question, by the way. I think it was on a very important topic, and the president chose to use that opportunity to slam Major. But really, it’s not going to put that issue to rest.”

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