CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins received a hostile response from President Joe Biden on Wednesday after she questioned his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Breitbart News.
Collins made her inquiry at a press conference where Biden was leaving the summit when the CNN reporter questioned whether Biden believed that Putin would change his behavior.
“I’m not confident that he will change his behavior. What the hell? What do you do all the time?” Biden snapped. “When did I say I was confident?”
The reporter responded, citing Biden’s own comments that he would know in three to six months whether the meeting was a success.
“What I said was, what will change their behavior is if the rest of the world reacts to them and it diminishes their standing in the world,” Biden said. “I’m not confident of anything; I’m just stating the facts.”
The issue of whether or not Putin was too cozy with American leaders was one that Democrats kept at the forefront during the Trump years. Accusations and out-and-out railings were commonplace among some on the left, however, when questions arose about the connections between the Biden family and Western Europe, it was brushed off as so much fiction. Now, when even questioned on a cursory level, the president seems irritated about the attention.
Collins went on to point out that Putin’s actions haven’t changed since his meeting with Biden saying, “How does that account to a constructive meeting as President Putin framed it?”
“If you don’t understand that, you’re in the wrong business,” Biden replied curtly before walking away from the press conference in a huff. However, the president did reach out to Collins while on Air Force One to clarify his answer and offer an apology for the way he handled the meeting:
“I owe my last questioner an apology. I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy with the last answer I gave,” he said.The president did, however, stick to his guns that he was annoyed when he was asked to clarify his answer, saying “To be a good reporter you have to be negative,” he says. “You never ask a positive question.”