President Joe Biden told reporters following his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that he thinks they’re the smartest people in the entire country.
“You all are some of the brightest people in the country,” Biden said. “I mean it, I’m not being solicitous. But it makes no sense for me to negotiate with you!”
Biden on the tarmac: “You all are some of the brightest people in the country, I mean it, I’m not being solicitous. But it makes no sense for me to negotiate with you!”
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) June 16, 2021
Biden just now to reporters: You’re the brightest people in the country.
Trump didn’t say that.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) June 16, 2021
Biden’s fawning came just minutes after he lashed out at CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins for asking why he was “confident” Putin would change his behavior following the meeting.
“I’m not confident,” Biden yelled as he turned around to face the press pool. “What the hell, what do you do all the time? When did I say I was confident? Let’s get this 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 also claimed the reporter was “in the wrong business” if she couldn’t understand his claim the meeting with Putin was “constructive” despite the Russian president’s downplaying of human rights abuses.
“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
Biden later apologized to Collins for being a “wise guy” but not without throwing another round of criticism at the White House press pool.
You know Biden knows he messed up when he says “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy”
Same thing he said after his “you ain’t black” comments during the campaign.
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) June
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