President Joe Biden snapped at a female reporter on Monday after she asked a question that was not related to his meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in the Oval Office.
“Mr. President, Veterans Affairs is going to have a mandate for its healthcare–” NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell said before being cut off by Biden.
“You are such a pain in the neck, but I’m going to answer your question because we’ve known each other so long,” Biden responded. “It has nothing to do with Iraq.”
“Yes, Veteran Affairs is going to, in fact, require that all doctors working in their facilities are gonna have to be vaccinated,” Biden added.
"You are such a pain in the neck, but I'm going to answer your question," President Biden said to a reporter while meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi at the White House. pic.twitter.com/q8H3Sjkzeg
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) July 26, 2021
CNN political commentator Scott Jennings responded to the incident by writing on Twitter: “Verbally abusive and dismissive of a female journalist. Keeps happening over and over. Why?”
Biden erupted at CNN’s Kaitlan Collins back in June following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Why are you so confident he’ll change his behavior, Mr. President?” Collins asked.
“I’m not confident he’ll change his behavior,” Biden erupted. “Where the hell — what do you do all the time? When did I say I was confident?”
“I said …what I said was, let’s get it straight, I said what will change their behavior is if the rest of the world reacts to them and it diminishes their standing in the world,” he continued. “I am not confident of anything. I am just stating the facts.”
“But given his past behavior has not changed and in that press conference after sitting down with you for several hours, he denied any involvement in cyberattacks. He downplayed human rights abuses. He even refused to say Alexey Navalny’s name,” Collins pushed. “So how does that account to a constructive meeting, as President Putin put it?”
“If you don’t understand that, you are in the wrong business,” Biden fired back.
President Biden went off on CNN's Kaitlan Collins at the end of his post-summit press conference and suggested she may be "in the wrong business" after she asked why he was "so confident" that Putin will "change his behavior." pic.twitter.com/QhkyT4pEXm
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) June 16, 2021
Biden also joked about running over a female reporter earlier this year while he was test driving a Ford truck.
“Mr. President, can I ask you a quick question on Israel before you drive away since it’s so important?” the reporter asked.
“No you can’t. Not unless you get in front of the car as I step on it,” Biden responded. “I’m only teasing.”
REPORTER: "Mr. President, can I ask you a quick question on Israel before you drive away since it’s so important?"
BIDEN: "No you can’t. Not unless you get in front of the car as I step on it. I’m only teasing."
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 18, 2021
Former White House physician Ronny Jackson, who served in the role under both Presidents Obama and Trump, said over the weekend that Biden needed to undergo cognitive testing after separate incidents led Jackson, who is now a congressman, to question Biden’s fitness for office. Jackson made the remarks after Biden responded to a question about whether some Democrats supported the “defund the police” movement by appearing to bring up the debunked QAnon conspiracy theory.
“Our cities are EXPLODING with drugs & violence because of Democrat ‘defund the police’ policies and the GREAT UNITER Joe Biden deflects to talk about ‘sucking blood out of kids,’” Jackson tweeted. “He’s completely LOST it! Needs a cognitive exam NOW!”
Our cities are EXPLODING with drugs & violence because of Democrat “defund the police” policies and the GREAT UNITER Joe Biden deflects to talk about “sucking blood out of kids.” He’s completely LOST it! Needs a cognitive exam NOW!
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) July 24, 2021