Biden grabbed mic calling Fox News SOB reporter, phones him later to clear the air

By JOSH BOAK, Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden responded to a question about inflation on Monday by calling a Fox News reporter vulgar.

The president was in the East Room of the White House for a meeting of his Competition Council, which focuses on changing regulations and enforcing laws to help consumers cope with high prices. Reporters in the room shouted a number of questions after Biden’s remarks.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Biden about inflation, which is at its highest level in nearly 40 years and has hurt the president’s public approval. Doocy’s network has been relentlessly critical of Biden.

Doocy called, “Do you think inflation is a political handicap ahead of the midterms?”

Biden replied sarcastically, “That’s a big plus – no more inflation.” Then he shook his head and added, “What a stupid son of a bitch.”

President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters during a meeting on efforts to lower prices for working families, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.

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President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters during a meeting on efforts to lower prices for working families, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.

The president’s comments were captured on video and by the microphone in front of him. Doocy laughed it off in a later appearance on his network, joking, “No one has checked it yet and said it’s not true.”

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Doocy told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Biden called him later to clear things up. Doocy said Biden told him, “It’s nothing personal, mate.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The White House has repeatedly insisted it is focused on tackling inflation, with Biden reorienting his entire economic agenda around the issue. But the president has also shown a willingness to challenge media he deems too critical, including Fox News and Doocy.

During his press conference last week, Biden told Doocy sarcastically, “You always ask me the nicest questions.

“I have a binder full,” replied the journalist.

“I know you know that,” Biden said. “None of them make much sense to me. Fire away.

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