Updated Jan 25, 2022 - Politics & Policy

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.

Go deeper