President Biden yelled at a CNN reporter on Wednesday who questioned him on what makes him sure that Russian President Vladimir Putin will modify his conduct following the two global leaders’ high-stakes encounter.
“Why are you so confident he’ll change his behavior Mr. President?” CNN’s Kaitlan Collins shouted at Biden as he left a briefing with reporters in Geneva following the bilateral meeting.
“I’m not confident,” Biden turned around and shouted back. “What the hell, what do you do all the time?”
Biden walked back toward the press pool, raising his finger in the air and asking Collins: “When did I say I was confident? What I said was … what will change their behavior is if the rest of the world reacts to them and it diminishes their standing in the world.”
Biden added he’s “not confident of anything, I’m just stating a fact.”
Collins pressed the president again, saying Putin has not changed his behavior in the past. She mentioned that the Russian president both denied any culpability related to recent cyber attacks believed to be carried out by cyber criminals in Russia and downplayed human rights abuses.
“How does that amount to a constructive meeting as president?” Collins asked Biden.