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Report: Biden scolded aids in ‘profanity-laced episodes’ on multiple occasions

President Joe Biden has reportedly scolded his aides in profanity-laced episodes and often demands hours of debate from policy experts before coming to a decision on issues, according to a report from The New York Times (NYT).

According to the report of the New York Times who spoke with a dozen of former associates, President Biden is obsessed with “getting the details right”. “Mr. Biden is gripped by a sense of urgency that leaves him prone to flares of impatience, according to numerous people who regularly interact with him,” the NYT wrote. “The president has said he expects to run for a second term, but aides say he understands the effect on his ability to advance his agenda if Republicans regain power in Congress next year.” Avoiding Biden’s irritation is often a goal for his advisers, the article notes. If advisers get bogged down in things like “policy minutiae,” for example, the president is prone to “an outburst of frustration” that’s “often laced with profanity.”

“Three people who work closely with him said he even occasionally hangs up the phone on someone who he thinks is wasting his time. Most described Mr. Biden as having little patience for advisers who cannot field his many questions,” the NYT wrote. On top of that, the report from the New York Times claims an apparent inability to make quick decisions regarding his choices while in office from President Biden. The president often “demands hours of debate from cores of policy experts” prior to deciding which way to lean on a particular subject. Ultimately President Biden relies only on four men before coming with any decision: senior adviser Mike Donilon, chief of staff Ron Klain, policy adviser Bruce Reed and friend and legislative guru Steve Ricchetti.

ARTICLE: JENNIFER BARRETO-LEYVA

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NPR

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