US President Insults Reporter on Hot Mic over Inflation Question (+Video)


US President Insults Reporter on Hot Mic over Inflation Question (+Video)

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – US President Joe Biden was heard calling a Fox News reporter a “stupid son of …” on a hot mic after the journalist asked him a question about the US’s spiraling inflation.

Biden was caught on a hot mic appearing to insult the Fox News journalist Peter Doocy, seemingly insulting Doocy after he posed a question about US inflation, The Guardian reported.

“Do you think inflation is a political liability in the midterms?” the reporter asked the US president as journalists were leaving the room at the end of an event at the White House on Monday.

Biden responded: “No, it’s a great asset – more inflation. What a stupid son ....”

The mic was right in front of Biden, but it appeared as if he were making the remark to himself or that he might have thought the mic had been turned off.

 

 

The remark came at the end of a White House Competition Council meeting where officials provided an update on efforts to combat inflation, which recently hit 7%. Biden, who was also fielding questions about the growing crisis in Ukraine, had said he only wanted to address questions on the topic of the council, which Doocy appeared to be covering in his inquiry.

The White House has said this month that inflation will only be a temporary problem, but some Democrats have worried about the potential for longer-term political consequences.

The clip of Biden’s remark quickly went viral on social media, with some pointing out that Biden days earlier had muttered, “What a stupid question,” in response to another Fox News reporter’s question about Russia.

Despite Monday’s gaffe, Biden’s first year in office has marked a return to civility after a tumultuous four years under Donald Trump, who labelled the media the “enemy of the American people”.

Biden has described journalists as “indispensable” to democracy, although press access to him has been limited.

The president held fewer than 10 formal news conferences during his first year, far less than Trump or Obama. His press conference last week, however, was longer than any given by either predecessor.

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