JOE Biden appeared to call reporter Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b***h” in a hot mic moment after being questioned about inflation.
The hot mic clip was captured as reporters exited a meeting of the White House Competitiveness Council on Monday.
Fox News White House corespondent Doocy called out, “Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms” as the meeting was coming to a close.
拜登 appeared to be mocking the question, replying, “It’s a great asset. More inflation.
He then added: “What a stupid son of a b***h.”
After the exchange, Doocy spoke about the jab on TV, saying he had not initially heard the president’s remarks.
“I couldn’t even hear him because people were shouting at us to get out, but somebody came up to me in the briefing room a few minutes later and said, ‘Did you hear what the president said?’
“And I said, '不, what?’ And they said, ‘He called you a stupid SOB.’ And I said, ‘Did he say SOB?’ And the person said no.”
Inflation is currently a major concern for the Democrats as the US approaches midterm elections and their majorities in Congress are at risk.
Inflation hit a 40-year high and has led to spiking in prices of everyday goods like food and gas.
Monday’s hot mic incident was not the first time Biden or a member of his team got into a bit of a spat with Doocy at a press event.
Just last week the president called on the Fox reporter and said sarcastically, “You always ask me the nicest questions. None of them make a lot of sense to me, but fire away. Come on.”
Doocy has also gotten into it with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on numerous occasions.
然而, he’s gone on the record and said that the briefings may appear more hostile on TV than they actually are in the press room.
“It never feels like I’m getting smacked down or vice versa,” Doocy told The New York Times last year.
“I understand why it looks like that, some of the ways that stuff gets clipped, but it doesn’t feel like that in the room.”