President Joe Biden, apparently unaware that his microphone was on, swore at a reporter who shouted a question about inflation as a White House meeting with members of his Cabinet was ending Monday.
Fox News’ White House correspondent Peter Doocy tried to ask Biden about whether he thought inflation would be a “political liability” ahead of the midterm elections later this year.
“That’s a great asset, more inflation,” Biden said. “What a stupid son of a b----.”
Biden had been touting his administration’s efforts to promote economic competition in the country and complained moments before the exchange with Doocy that reporters had not wanted to talk about the plan to drive down consumer prices.
Biden appeared irritated with the first reporter who, after Biden finished his prepared remarks, asked a question about the administration’s call with European leaders over a potential invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
“The only reason I don’t like doing is this because you never report on why it’s called a meeting because you never report on why I’ve called a meeting, and this is important” Biden said. “I had a very, very, very good meeting, totally unanimity with all the European leaders — will talk about it later. Thank you.”
Doocy, who was questioned by Fox News host Sean Hannity about the exchange, said the president called him shortly after the event.
“He called my cellphone and he said, ‘it’s nothing personal, pal,” Doocy said. “He cleared the air and I appreciate it. We had a nice call.”
When Hannity said Biden’s call sounded like something less than an apology, Doocy said, “Hey Sean, the world is on the brink of, like, World War III right now with all of this stuff going on. I appreciate that the president took a couple of minutes out this evening while he was still at this desk to give me a call and clear the air.”
“I don’t need anybody to apologize to me. He can call me whatever he wants as long as it gets him talking,” Doocy said. “I think that’s enough. That’s enough. So, we can move on. We can now move forward. There will be years — three to seven years — of opportunities to ask him about different stuff.”
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