An extremely cranky Joe Biden finally snapped on a reporter after a week of embarrassing incidents and getting dressed down by Russian president Vladimir Putin.
The most surprising part? It was CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins. Her offense? Asking an unscripted question.
“Why are you so confident [Putin] will change his behavior, Mr. President?” she asked.
Watch his unhinged response:
NOW – Biden snaps at CNN reporter: "What the hell… what do you do all day? If you don't understand that, you're in the wrong business." pic.twitter.com/aMsWFnN2DJ
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“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….” Biden said, before not setting things straight.
Kaitlan Collins continued to press Biden about his failure to hold Russian president accountable for any of his behavior. Biden had no good answers. But he did have another sassy remark that one could interpret as sexism. (And would be if it were President Trump.)
“If you don’t understand that,” Biden tells a reporter pushing him to explain how it was a constructive meeting with Putin if he still denies human rights abuses and cyber attacks, “you’re in the wrong business.”
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) June 16, 2021
The touchy exchange followed a morning of being owned by Russian president Vladimir Putin on the world stage. Biden even brought flashcards to the meeting, which told everyone immediately that the U.S. president was not up to going toe-to-toe with the Russian leader.
While Biden continually kept playing with the flashcards throughout the president, Putin was cool and collected. The two world leaders went their separate ways to different press events. Biden’s obviously did not go so well.