Biden calls Fox News reporter after insulting him on hot mic
President Biden blasted Fox News' Peter Doocy on Monday after the reporter asked if the nation's soaring inflation is a political liability, saying, "what a stupid son of a b----h."
The latest: The president called the Fox reporter Monday evening and "conveyed" that "it was nothing personal," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.
- On Monday, Doocy said the president called him and "cleared the air."
- "I appreciated it. We had a nice call," Doocy said when asked whether the president apologized, adding: "I don't need anyone to apologize to me."
Driving the news: The Biden administration has faced rising inflation rates over recent months, which it has labeled as "transitory."
Of note: A poll conducted last month found that 69% of Americans disapprove of the Biden administration's handling of inflation.
What they're saying: "Do you think inflation is a political liability in the midterms?" Doocy asked the president.
- "It’s a great asset. 'More inflation,'" Biden deadpanned. "What a stupid son of a b---h."
- "Nobody has fact-checked him yet and says it's not true," Doocy jokingly said on Fox afterward.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details from Psaki.