President Biden snapped at an NBC reporter Monday, calling her “such a pain in the neck” for disobeying his request for not asking questions “about Iraq,” losing his temper once again with members of the White House press corps for pressing questions that he considers off-topic or unfair, despite receiving such friendly coverage compare to his predecessor, former President Trump from the media.
Biden on Monday hosted Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in the Oval Office, where he asked reporters after giving remarks before the bilateral meeting to ask him “question about Iraq.” However, NBC News reporter Kelly O’Donnell opted to ask the president instead about reports regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs becoming the first federal agency in mandating frontline VA staffers to get the coronavirus vaccines.
“You are such a pain in the neck. But I’m going to answer your question because we’ve known each other for so long. It has nothing to do with Iraq,” Biden said, before responding to confirm that the VA would become the first federal agency under the Biden administration to compel doctors to get the inoculation.
O’Donnell interjected, saying she took the comments from Biden as a “compliment,” prompting the president to chuckle in response.
“I’ll answer your question. Yes, Veteran Affairs is going to, in fact, require that all docs working in facilities are going to have to be vaccinated,” Biden added.
In a tweet after the exchange, O’Donnell said that Biden ignored her second question on whether there would be other federal agencies that will mandate the vaccine after calling her a “pain in the neck.”
NEW:The president called me a "pain in the neck" (with a smile) as I pressed him on a NEW mandate for doctors at @DeptVetAffairs hospitals to get the COVID vaccine. He did not respond when I pressed if there would be further federal required vaccines. pic.twitter.com/PAnOv7aXPK
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) July 26, 2021
Biden is well-known to snap back at reporters in response to questions he doesn’t personally like or doesn’t fit his scripted narrative. Earlier this month, Biden snapped at reporters, complaining their questions were too “negative” and wanted to talk about “happy things” ahead of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.
“I want to talk about happy things, man,” Biden interrupted after a reporter attempted to ask a question about the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“I’m not going to answer any more quick questions on Afghanistan. Look, it’s the Fourth of July. I’m concerned that you guys are asking me questions that I’ll answer next week. But this is a holiday weekend. I’m going to celebrate it. There is great things happening,” Biden added in response to another similar question on the topic regarding the withdrawal of US troops.
In June, Biden lashed at a CNN reporter when asked about his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling her that she is in the “wrong business” while refusing to respond with an answer to her question.
During the last month of the 2020 election, Biden would quickly blast reporters who bravely asked him on the subject of his son Hunter Biden following the New York Post story that broke the “Laptop from Hell” story that showed the embattled son connection to shady business deals with China and Ukraine. Just two days after the New York Post story broke, Biden was asked for the first time by a CBS reporter, despite the majority of mainstream media refusing to report or ask questions, promoting the then-Democratic presidential candidate to lash out in response.
“Mr. Biden, what is your response to the New York Post story about your son, sir?” CBS reporter Bo Erickson asked Biden back in October 2020.
“I know you’d ask it. I have no response. It’s another smear campaign,” Biden lashed at Erickson in response. “Right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask.”