US President Joe Biden has responded to a question about inflation by calling a Fox News reporter a vulgarity.
The incident occurred in the East Room of the White House for a meeting of his Competition Council, which is focused on changing regulations and enforcing laws to help consumers deal with high prices, on Tuesday (Australian time).
It came after reporters in the room began shouting questions after Mr Biden’s initial remarks.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Mr Biden about inflation, which is at a nearly 40-year high in the US and has hurt the President’s public approval.
Doocy’s network has been relentlessly critical of Mr Biden.
“Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?” Doocy called out.
Mr Biden responded with sarcasm.
“It’s a great asset – more inflation,” he said.
Then he shook his head and added, “What a stupid son of a b—h.”
The President’s comments were captured on video and by the microphone in front of him.
In a subsequent appearance on his network, Doocy laughed off the insult.
“Nobody has fact-checked him yet and said it’s not true,” he joked.
The White House did not immediately responded to a request for comment, and has insisted repeatedly that it is focused on curbing inflation.