Update (1325ET): Psaki, as usual, has a non-answer.
Does Pres. Biden regret calling Fox News’ Peter Doocy a ‘son of a b*tch?’ Here’s what press secretary Jen Psaki had to say pic.twitter.com/jAJdBIYFZ4— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 25, 2022
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Shortly after Joe Biden was caught on hot mic calling Fox News' Peter Doocy a "stupid son of a bitch" for asking a question the US president called the reporter to "clear the air" following the incident.
Biden called Doocy "within about an hour" to tell him that the remark was "nothing personal," before reportedly encouraging Doocy to continue asking tough questions.
"I made sure to tell him [Biden] that I’m always going to try to ask something different than what everybody else is asking and he said ‘you’ve got to,'" Doocy told Fox News anchor Sean Hannity last night. "And that is the quote from the president, so I will keep doing it."
When Hannity asked if Biden actually apologized, Doocy said "He did clear the air and I appreciate it," adding "We had a nice call."
"He–that’s not an answer. Did he apologize? That doesn’t sound like an apology," Hannity responded.
"He said, ‘it’s nothing personal, pal," Doocy said. "I told him that I appreciated him reaching out. Hey, Sean, the world is on the brink of, like, World War III. With all the stuff going on, I appreciate that the president took a couple minutes out this evening while he was still at the desk to give me a call and clear the air, but I don’t need anybody to apologize to me."
.@SeanHannity: "Did he apologize?"— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 25, 2022
Doocy: "He did clear the air & I appreciate it. We had a nice call."
Hannity: "He -- that's not an answer. Did he apologize? That doesn't sound like an apology."
Doocy: "He said, 'it's nothing personal pal.'" pic.twitter.com/g8GPfcHOk5
Doocy said the call was "enough" and that the two can "move forward" from the incident.
Doocy: "[T]hey keep calling on us at the briefing & [he] said, 'nothing personal, pal' and I -- I think that's enough. That's enough, so we can move on. We can now move forward. There will be years -- three to seven years of opportunities to ask him about different stuff." (6/6) pic.twitter.com/IlQLYuXfii— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 25, 2022
(h/t Daily Caller)
As we noted yesterday, Monday's outburst follows another hot-mic moment last week, when Biden was caught muttering "what a stupid question," after Fox News' Jacqui Heinrich asked him "Why are you waiting on [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to make the first move, sir?" in regards to Ukarine.
Which followed a September incident in which he said that the Indian press is "better behaved" than US reporters in regards to questions.
We can't help but wonder if the press corps misses Trump yet.