Biden lashes out at Fox reporter in hot mic moment
President Joe Biden was caught on a microphone calling a reporter a "stupid son of a bitch" after a meeting Monday.
The incident came after Biden met with his Competition Council, aimed at promoting economic competition and reducing prices for American consumers.
Asked by a reporter about a video call with European allies earlier Monday, Biden said he didn’t want to expand on his remarks that the call was a "very, very, very good meeting" because the question wasn’t focused on the council meeting.
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy then asked about inflation, which is at a nearly 40-year high and has hurt the president’s public approval.
Doocy asked Biden, "Do you think inflation is a political liability, Mr. President?"
Biden responded with sarcasm: "It’s a great asset — more inflation." Then he shook his head and added, "What a stupid son of a bitch."
His comments were captured on video and by the microphone in front of him.
The White House has insisted repeatedly that it is focused on curbing inflation. Lowering prices is one of the stated reasons for improving competition within the U.S. economy.