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Joe Biden went off on reporters twice in one day.
Biden complained to a gaggle of reporters on the Geneva tarmac before heading back to the United States Wednesday evening.
A reporter asked: “A question that you answered at the very end of there, and you seem overly optimistic given that we all listen to president Putin essentially say the same old things that he said forever. Rejecting all responsibilities and I guess that question that he was trying to get it and maybe you can take another stab at it is, what evidence do you have let suggest that any movement has been made? And I don’t —”
Biden, after cutting off the reporter, then snapped: “Look, to be a good reporter, you’ve got to be negative. You gotta have a negative view of life, okay, it seems to me. The way you all – you never ask a positive question.”
“And we will find out. We have an agreement to work on that major agreement, and if we could do one in the Cold War then why couldn’t we do one now? We will see. And I apologize for having been short. If you were in my position and is that I don’t think it’s going to happen, that guarantees nothing happens,” he added.
Biden’s comments on the tarmac came not long after he lost it on CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins.
Transcript below of the exchange, via Grabien:
COLLINS: “Why are you so confident he’ll change his behavior, Mr. President?”
Biden: “I’m not confident he’ll change his behavior. What the hell — what do you do all the time? When did I say I was confident?”
COLLINS: “You said — “
Biden: “I said — 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 that diminishes their standing in the world. I’m not confident of anything. I’m just stating the facts.”
COLLINS: “So 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 Alexei Navalny’s name. So how does that account to a constructive meeting as President —“
Biden: “If you don’t understand that, you’re in the wrong business.”
Biden continues to show what a weak leader he is.
While Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in a greeting and posed for photos ahead of their summit on Wednesday, a chaotic scene unfolded in front of them.
U.S. reporters and producers were aggressively pushed and shoved by Russian security officials.
Inside the room, Biden and Putin were seated close to one another.
Next to the president sat a female interpreter, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Putin was seated next to an interpreter, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The media scuffle was described by those in the room as “chaotic,” with journalists being pushed and shoved.
Russian security pulled the red rope separating the media from the leaders to try to keep journalists away from the presidents.
Russian security yelled at journalists to get out of the room and began pushing them, according to the TV pool report.
That was met with screams from U.S. journalists and White House officials, telling Russian security to stop touching them.
Both presidents watched and listened to the media scuffle in front of them, and the pool reporter noted that they “appeared amused by the scene.”
“At one point, Biden leaned over and spoke to the interpreter and smiled,” the pool report noted.
BREAKING VIDEO: Watch press pool reporters pushed away from Biden-Putin meeting room. "Go away please" pic.twitter.com/o051Gku0cR
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) June 16, 2021
Scene from the fracas earlier at the Biden-Putin summit here in Geneva, with Russian security forces pushing me out while President Biden looks on
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) June 16, 2021
“There was chaos at the start of this bilateral meeting,” said Fox News’ John Roberts, a longtime White House reporter. “We’re supposed to have what’s called a pool spray where press from both the United States and Russia come in what’s supposed to be an orderly fashion and listen to the two leaders as they begin their bilateral meeting.”
“But there was a lot of pushing and shoving that was going on, only half of the American pool got in. Our camera got in, but the audio didn’t, which is why you really couldn’t hear the two of them talk. And then when the American press started, as tradition holds, shouting questions at the two leaders, Russian security got involved and started pushing everybody out of the room, even grabbing on to the clothing of some of the Americans as they tried to clear them out,” Roberts said.
“It’s a grand tradition for the [White House press] wranglers, as they’re called, to say, ‘Thank you press, get out, it’s time to get out,’ but the United States Secret Service never puts a hand on the American press, unless of course, they were to present some sort of a threat. But for the Russian security forces to grab the American press and try to shove them out of the room, that’s going beyond the line. But I will say, these things are always crazy,” said Roberts.
Another reporter covering the scrum said much the same thing.
“We are not being allowed in because everyone is pushing and shoving,” Anita Kumar, a reporter for Politico, wrote in a pool report. “Authorities have threatened to keep us out.”