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Biden caught on hot mic insulting Fox News reporter

U.S. President Joe Biden was caught on a hot mic uttering a vulgarity about Fox News reporter at a White House event on Monday after the journalist shouted a question about the impact of rising inflation on this year's congressional elections.

Peter Doocy said Biden called within the hour, telling him it was 'nothing personal'

Biden caught on mic muttering insult about Fox reporter

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As a media event was wrapping up Monday, U.S. President Joe Biden was heard on his still-open microphone responding sarcastically to a question being yelled by Fox News reporter, Peter Doocy, who called out, 'Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?'

U.S. President Joe Biden was caught on a hot mic uttering a vulgarity about Fox News reporter at a White House event on Monday after the journalist shouted a question about the impact of rising inflation on this year's congressional elections.

The president was in the East Room of the White House for a meeting of his Competition Council, which is focused on changing regulations and enforcing laws to help consumers deal with high prices. As journalists were ushered out after Biden's remarks, reporters in the room shouted a number of questions.

Fox News' Peter Doocy, with whom Biden regularly spars, asked him about inflation, which is at a nearly 40-year high and has hurt the president's public approval. Doocy's network has been relentlessly critical of Biden.

Doocy called out, "Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?"

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."

Reporter laughs it off

His comments were captured on video and by the microphone in front of him. Doocy laughed it off in a subsequent appearance on his network, joking, "Nobody has fact-checked him yet and said it's not true."

Within about an hour of the exchange, Biden called Doocy's cell phone and said "it's nothing personal, pal," Doocy later told Fox News host Sean Hannity.

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

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

At his news conference last week, Biden said to Doocy with sarcasm, "You always ask me the nicest questions."

"I have a whole binder full," the reporter answered.

"I know you do," Biden said. "None of them make a lot of sense to me. Fire away."

With files from Reuters

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