President Barack Obama was extraordinarily quizzed with some assertive queries on the forthcoming debt ceiling, during Monday’s press conference.
CBS News reporter Major Garrett came up with a well-researched question for President Obama. He asked president Obama how previous presidents of the United States tried to decrease the deficit by addressing spending reform as well as tax reform, and Obama supported his belief that no spending reform is required.
“What Chuck and I and I think many people are curious about is this new adamant desire on your part not to negotiate when that seems to conflict with the entire history in the modern era of American presidents in the debt ceiling and your own history on the debt ceiling," Garrett said.
Obama responded that he was not willing to negotiate with people who wanted to "blow up the economy". Garrett continued to ask a series of inaudible questions, but Obama made it obvious that he found them inadequate.
"No, not whatever Congress sends me, they're going to have to send me something that's sensible," he said, before cutting in Garrett. "Then we shouldn't be then we shouldn't be doing this on a one-to-three month time frame. Why would we do that?"
As the CBS correspondent tried to put up another question, Obama spoke over him and said. "This is the United States of America, Major! We can't manage our affairs in such a way that we pay our bills?"
It definitely seems that the president dodged the question but this was seriously one lively exchange! CBS News correspondent Major Garrett really went head-to-head with President Obama during the press conference, questioning the president on the matter of debt ceiling negotiations with congress.
Jake Tapper, the former ABC News White House correspondent called it "a good exchange".
"Major has always had great questions," said Tapper.