Joe Biden, At End Of Post Summit Press Conference, Gets Irked At CNN’s Kaitlan Collins Over Vladimir Putin Question; President Later Apologizes For Being “Wiseguy”

President Joe Biden ended his post-Vladimir Putin summit press conference with a flash of visible anger over a question from CNN's Kaitlan Collins.
Leaving the makeshift stage in Geneva, Collins asked him, "Why are you so confident that he will change his behavior, Mr. President?"
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Biden replied, “I am not confident that he will change his behavior. Where the fuck ... what are you doing all the time? When did I say I was confident? I said ... what I said was, let's get it straight, I said what will change your behavior is when the rest of the world reacts to you and it lowers your standing in the world. I am not convinced of anything. I'm just describing the facts. "
But Collins continued. “But since his behavior has not changed in the past and at this press conference after sitting with you for several hours, he denied any involvement in cyberattacks. He downplayed human rights violations. He even refused to give Alexey Navalny's name. How does that contribute to a constructive meeting, as President Putin put it? "
Biden replied, "If you don't understand this, you are in the wrong business."
Later, before boarding Air Force One for his flight back to Washington, he spoke to reporters and said, “I owe my last questioner an apology. I shouldn't have been so clever in my answer. "
On CNN, Collins said, “This is totally unnecessary. He didn't have to apologize ... It's just our job to ask the President questions. That is the business we are in. "
After apologizing, Biden then responded to additional questions from the White House press pool in an unusual, more permissive exchange, detailing the summit and prospects for improved relations with Putin. Still, Biden complained about the coverage, telling the assembled journalists that “to be a good reporter, you have to be negative. You have to have a negative attitude towards life, it seems to me. You never ask a positive question. "
During the official press conference, broadcast by major cable news and radio networks, Biden had called up a list of pre-selected reporters to show that the summit had achieved its goals - "I did what I came to" - and to show that this was a very different relationship with Putin than the Russian leader with Trump.
"There was a lot of hype about this meeting, but it was pretty easy for me," he said.
Defending the shorter than expected length, Biden said the two leaders had already gone through the list of issues they wanted to address. "After two hours we looked at each other and said, 'Okay, what happens next?'"
He also saw the meeting as a success, saying they have an agreement to work together on areas like arms control while Putin offered assistance in areas like the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Trying to compare his approach to Putin with that of his predecessor, Biden said he had made it clear to Putin that the US would continue to address "fundamental human rights issues" and that the US would act if there were more cyberattacks against Russia. When asked how the US would react if Navalny died or were killed, Biden said he had made it clear that the consequences "would be devastating for Russia".
Perhaps more than anything, Biden seemed to want to convey that while there are prospects for progress, he is realistic, certainly more than his predecessor. As early as 2018, at their joint press conference in Helsinki, Trump was known to be on the side of Putin and not the US secret service on the question of electoral interference.
Biden said, “This is not about trust. This is about self-interest and the verification of self-interest. "
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