President Biden has a short temper and often berates staff full of profanity when they don’t live up to his expectations, according to a new Axios report.
An administration official told the outlet that “no one is safe” from Biden’s wrath. Aides are reportedly known to meet with him in groups of two or more to diffuse potential tension.
Some of the president’s attacks included, “How the f— don’t you know this?” and “Don’t f—ing bulls— me!”
Aides framed his outbursts as a desire for precision and competence, telling the outlet that many see the president’s shouting as a rite of passage.
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“If there’s something that’s not in the brief, he’s going to find it,” said Ted Kaufman, Biden’s chief of staff when he was in the Senate. “It’s not to embarrass people, it’s because he wants to get the right decision. Most people who work for him like the fact that he challenges them and leads them to a better decision.”
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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
This is not the first time that reports from within Biden’s circle have undermined his carefully curated “Uncle Joe” public persona. Biden last showed his dark side when he was caught in a heated rant calling Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b—-.”
Monday’s report comes as Biden faces criticism from conservatives who say his latest gaffe exposed sensitive US military information to global enemies.
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Biden defended his administration’s decision to send cluster munitions to Ukraine in an interview Sunday, framing it as a “transition period” until more munitions are produced.
“This is a war about ammunition. And they’ve run out of that ammunition, and we’re under it,” Biden told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “And so, what I ended up doing, I took the recommendation the Defense DEPARTMENTS to – not permanently – but to allow for this transition period while we get an additional 155 weapons, these shells, for the Ukrainians.”
“Joe Biden broadcasting to the world that the US is under 155mm shells,” conservative communicator Steve Guest tweeted. “Moron. Doesn’t Biden care our opponents in China listening?”
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The White House responded to the criticism by saying that the US and its allies “will have higher production levels soon.”
Matteo Cina of Fox News contributed to this report.