President Joe Biden took a moment before boarding Air Force One in Switzerland to apologize for chiding a reporter at the end of the press conference he held following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I owe my last questioner an apology,” Biden said to reporters on the tarmac in Geneva. “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy with the last answer I gave. To be a good reporter you have to be negative at life. You are the brightest people in the country, but [it] makes no sense for me to negotiate with you. I apologize for having been short.”
As Biden was leaving the press conference, CNN chief White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins asked Biden why he was “so confident” that Putin would change his behavior after their summit.
“I’m not confident he’ll change his behavior. What in the hell?” Biden snapped as he turned around to address Collins directly. “When did I say I was confident? What I said was — let’s get this straight — what I said was what will change the behavior is the rest of the world to them and diminishes their standing in the world. I’m not confident of anything. I’m just stating the fact.”
Speaking on CNN later, Collins said she appreciated the apology but said it was unnecessary because it’s part of the job of being a journalist.