Biden was overheard on a hot mic referring to a Fox reporter as a “dumb son of a bitch.”
Following a White House event Monday afternoon, President Joe Biden was overheard on a hot microphone calling a Fox reporter a “dumb son of a bitch.”
Biden Said reporter “A Stupid Son of a Bitch”
The President made the obscene statement as reporters screamed questions as they exited the East Room after a White House Competition Council meeting on price-cutting efforts.
Peter Doocy, a Fox White House correspondent, asked Biden, “Would you be willing to answer a question about inflation? Do you believe that inflation will be a political liability in the midterm elections?”
Biden deadpanned, “It’s a terrific asset — more inflation.” “What a dunderhead of a son of a bitch.”
Biden contacted Doocy’s phone immediately after their exchange, apologising for his statement, Doocy stated on Fox late Monday evening. “He called my mobile phone within about an hour of that interaction and said, ‘It’s nothing personal, pal,'” Doocy claimed.
“He did a good job of clearing the air, which I liked. We had a pleasant conversation “Added he. Doocy stated that he told Biden that he intends to continue asking him surprising questions, to which the President replied enthusiastically.
Doocy stated on Fox earlier Monday that he questioned Biden about inflation since the President said he wouldn’t take any off-topic questions when asked about Russia and Ukraine.
Other reporters “had to inform me that he said that because I couldn’t hear anything over (White House staff urging the press to leave the room),” according to Doocy.
In recent days, the President has become increasingly irritated when confronted with difficult questions in public.
“What a ridiculous question,” Biden said under his breath when another Fox White House journalist, Jacqui Heinrich, asked why he was waiting for Russian President Vladimir Putin to make the first move with Ukraine.
“The President has proved that he appreciates the value of press freedom,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a press briefing earlier Monday.
When questioned about Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential contender, and her legal battle with The New York Times, Psaki said: “Obviously, earlier this year, he took steps to assure that actions done against journalists during previous administrations would not be repeated. So I think that speaks to his dedication, but I’m at a loss for words on the case.”
Psaki appeared to be referring to the Biden Justice Department’s policy adjustment, which said that in leak investigations, reporters’ records would no longer be seized.
Two main crises that the Biden administration is still dealing with are at the foundation of the anger directed towards reporters: managing inflation and the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Biden had a video conference with European leaders just before the President’s Monday discussion on decreasing costs to discuss worries over Russia’s army buildup near Ukraine’s border.
According to a senior official, Biden addressed options for increasing US force levels in the Baltics and Eastern Europe with his top military commanders during a meeting at Camp David on Saturday. Additionally, the Pentagon stated earlier Monday that up to 8,500 US troops had been placed on high alert in preparation for a possible deployment to Eastern Europe.
At the US Embassy in Ukraine, the State Department decreased staffing numbers and ordered some family members to leave. On Monday, the White House announced that American people in Ukraine should leave immediately, with no plans for a military evacuation if the situation worsens.
Consumer prices rose at the quickest rate in 39 years in 2021, a worrying indicator that the White House has worked to address in the limited ways it can, including through events like the one conducted on Monday to cut costs.
“We need to bring inflation under control,” Biden said during a news conference honouring one year in office, putting his weight behind the Federal Reserve’s efforts to combat inflation.
The government’s inflation problem has already had political ramifications.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a crucial Senate centrist, declined to back Biden’s massive social safety net and climate legislation in December, citing concerns about the bill’s impact on the country’s increasing debt and skyrocketing inflation.