It's unclear if the POTUS knew his mic was still on.
President Biden called a Fox News correspondent a "stupid son of a bitch" after the journalist asked a question about inflation at a White House press event on Monday. The moment was caught on camera and it's unclear if the POTUS knew his mic was still on. "Do you think inflation is a political liability going into the midterms?" Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy shouted as reporters were leaving the room, to which Biden muttered sarcastically, "No, it's a great asset. More inflation. What a stupid son of a bitch." The White House is yet to comment on Biden's remark.
Fox News was quick to respond with anchors, including Tucker Carlson and Tomi Lahren, lashing out at Biden, 79. Lahren even issued harsh words of her own to the POTUS about his relationship with the press, on Twitter. Doocy, 34, later revealed that Biden had called him after their exchange "within about an hour" to apologize for his remark. "He said, 'It's nothing personal, pal,'" Doocy told Sean Hannity. "And we went back and forth, and we were talking about just kind of moving forward, and I made sure to tell him that I'm always gonna try to ask something different than what everybody else is asking. And he said, 'You got to.' And that's a quote from the president, so I'll keep doing it."
Fox News' Peter Doocy Says Joe Biden Can 'Call Me Whatever He Wants' After President Swears on Hot Mic https://t.co/2GS930RP2C— People (@people) January 25, 2022
When asked if Biden had apologized during their chat, Doocy responded by saying, "He cleared the air, and I appreciate it. I don't need anybody to apologize to me. He can call me whatever he wants as long as it gets him talking!" He continued, "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."
Doocy is known for his combative approach to White House questioning. He asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki why the POTUS calls the ongoing coronavirus outbreak "the pandemic of the unvaccinated" after both he and Psaki were diagnosed with breakthrough cases of COVID-19, even though they are "triple-vaxxed." "The president has said—as have we, a number of times—that there will be breakthrough cases," Psaki told him, as per PEOPLE. Added Psaki, "There will be people who get COVID here, at different media organizations, at companies around the world, around the country who have been vaccinated. But there is a significant difference between being hospitalized or dying, and being vaccinated with more mild symptoms."
Press Secretary Jen Psaki Responds to Fox News Reporter's Question About 'Pandemic of the Unvaccinated' https://t.co/yJgwUwfyS4— People (@people) January 11, 2022
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