Washington: US President Joe Biden on Monday was caught on a hot mic, calling a correspondent from a US news network a vulgar epithet after the journalist asked a question on the issue of inflation.
During a presser, Biden sneered at Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy after he asked about rising inflation in the United States. “That’s a great asset. More inflation? What a stupid son of a bitch,” Biden said into a hot mic.
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However, the question remains whether Biden knew his mic was still on. Still, the moment was also caught on camera. The US President made these remarks after Doocy asked, “Do you think inflation is a political liability?” This faux pas was the latest in a series of incidents that have brought Biden under the spotlight.
On other occasions, Biden has chided reporters for asking about subjects that he dislikes, the New York Post newspaper reported.
Last week, Biden attacked a female Fox News reporter after she asked, “Why are you waiting on (Russian President Vladimir) Putin to make the first move, sir?”Biden replied, “What a stupid question.”
Biden on Monday said his virtual meeting with European leaders on the situation between Russia and Ukraine went very well and achieved a “total unity” among them.
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine amid a buildup of forces near their border has led to a tense situation. Discussions are underway for US involvement in the European security situation, including by supplying more military aid to Ukraine.
Russia has denied accusations that it intends to invade attack any country and has warned NATO that its activities near Russia’s borders are a national security threat while Moscow reserves the right to move forces on its territory.
Biden’s call with the European leaders lasted one hour and 20 minutes, during which time the parties consulted and coordinated on issues related to the ongoing situation between Russia and Ukraine.
“I had a very, very, very good meeting, total unity with all the European leaders. We’ll talk about it later,” Biden said during a White House event on Monday.
In a video call between Biden and European leaders, the leaders reiterated their continued concern about the Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s borders and expressed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”