President Biden publicly apologized to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins Wednesday after he scolded the reporter during a press briefing; asking her “what the hell?” and suggesting she “shouldn’t be in this business.”
“I owe my last questioner an apology,” Biden said to reporters on the tarmac in Geneva. “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy with the last answer I gave.”
“To be a good reporter you have to be negative at life,” Biden continued. “You are the brightest people in the country but it makes no sense for me to negotiate with you.”
“I apologize for having been short,” he concluded.
"Look, to be a good reporter, you've gotta be negative. You've gotta have a negative view of life, it seems to me … I apologize for having been short" — Biden on Kaitlan Collins's question and his response to it pic.twitter.com/2mHvKkPz7X
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 16, 2021
Kaitlan Collins accepts Joe Biden’s apology on the air – noting that he didn’t have to do that, but adds that “it was not necessary” as she was just doing her job.
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) June 16, 2021
President Biden snapped at reporters after his hours-long meeting with Vladimir Putin Wednesday in Switzerland, asking one journalist “what the hell, what do you do all the time??”
“Why are you so confident [Putin] will change his behavior, Mr. President?” asked a reporter with CNN.
“I’m not confident I’m going to change his behavior. What the hell? What do you do all the time? When did I say I was confident? I said….let’s get it straight….” fired-back the President.
“I’m not confident of anything, I’m just stating the facts,” concluded Biden. “If you don’t understand that you’re in the wrong business.”
Watch the fiery exchange above.
BIDEN on ???: ‘Root Out Corruption that Syphons Off Our Strength, Guard Against Those Who Stoke Hate’
President Biden delivered a press briefing at NATO Headquarters in Europe Monday where claimed the US must “root out corruption” and “guard against those who would stoke hatred.”
“We have to root out corruption that syphons off our strength. Guard against those who would stoke hatred and division for political gain, this phony populism. Invest in institutions that underpin and safeguard our Democratic values,” said Biden.
BIDEN: "We have to root out corruption that syphons off our strength. Guard against those who would stoke hatred and division for political gain, this phony populism." pic.twitter.com/lHNvS9iht3
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 14, 2021
Biden travels next to Geneva where he will hold his first one-on-one conversation with Vladimir Putin as President of the United States.
Watch Biden’s comments above.
‘EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE’: American Press ‘Manhandled’ by Russian Agents as Biden, Staffers Do Nothing
From Fox News:
U.S. reporters and producers were aggressively pushed and shoved by Russian security officials Wednesday at the start of the highly-anticipated meeting in Geneva between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, denying the press full access to what was expected to be a short press availability before the hours-long summit.
Inside the room, Biden and Putin were seated with a small wooden table in between them, and a large globe was just behind the table. Large U.S. and Russian flags were erected on each side of the globe.
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) June 16, 2021
Next to the president sat a female interpreter, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Putin was seated next to an interpreter, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The media scuffle was described by those in the room as “chaotic,” with journalists being pushed and shoved.
Russian security pulled the red rope separating the media from the leaders to try to keep journalists away from the presidents.
Russian security yelled at journalists to get out of the room, and began pushing them, according to the TV pool report. That was met with screams from U.S. journalists and White House officials, telling Russian security to stop touching them.
Both presidents watched and listened to the media scuffle in front of them, and the pool reporter noted that they “appeared amused by the scene.”
“At one point, Biden leaned over and spoke to the interpreter and smiled,” the pool report noted.
Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy explained that a small U.S. delegation traveled with the president to Geneva, and said an even smaller group was expected to be permitted to go into the room where Biden and Putin were meeting. Doocy explained that a video camera was permitted, briefly, in the room, but that the producer with the audio equipment was not.
Read the full report at Fox News.