Jen Psaki is asked if “Peter Doocy is a stupid son of a bitch or does he just play one on tv:”
“He works for a network that provides people with questions that, nothing personal to any individual including Peter Doocy, but might make anyone sound like a stupid son of a bitch.” pic.twitter.com/2FYMPX12Rr
— Eugene Daniels (@EugeneDaniels2) April 15, 2022
The press secretary reportedly said Doocy, who is known for his tendency to ask tough questions, was “gracious” after the president contacted him personally and apologized.
The president later called via phone call Doocy within an hour of the incident to “clear the air” by telling him his remarks were “nothing personal.” He then encouraged the White House correspondent to continue asking about a variety of different issues at future press briefings.
Fox News host Sean Hannity asked Doocy if the president apologized to him for the remarks, where Doocy replied he “appreciated” Biden for reaching out.
“He said, ‘it’s nothing personal, pal,’” Doocy responded. “I told him that I appreciated him reaching out. Hey, Sean, the world is on the brink of, like, World War III. With all the stuff going on, I appreciate that the president took a couple minutes out this evening while he was still at the desk to give me a call and clear the air, but I don’t need anybody to apologize to me.”
The press secretary also said during the event that Biden will not travel to Ukrainian grounds amid the ongoing war waged by Russia.