Biden takes shot at reporter saying recession could be inevitable: 'Don't make things up'

“Economists are saying that a recession is more likely than ever,” the reporter can be heard saying to Biden on a beach in Delaware. 

Biden said “not the majority,” and said “come on, don’t make things up.” 

“Now you sound like a Republican politician, I’m joking, that was a joke, that was a joke,” Biden said. “But all kidding aside, no I don’t think it is. I was talking to Larry Summers this morning, there’s nothing inevitable about a recession.” 

He said that he believes he will be able to reduce the cost of insulin and raise taxes on those in “the corporate area.” 

First lady Jill Biden listens as President Biden talks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, June 17, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

First lady Jill Biden listens as President Biden talks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, June 17, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Summers appeared on NBC on Sunday and warned that a recession was likely to occur as it has in the past with high levels of inflation. 

“My best guess is that a recession is ahead. I base that on the fact that we haven’t had a situation like the present with inflation above 4% and unemployment beyond 4% without a recession following within a year or two. And so I think the likelihood is that in order to do what’s necessary to stop inflation the Fed is going to raise interest rates enough that the economy will slip into a recession,” Summers said on NBC. 

During an appearance on CNN on June 15, Summers said he believed that a recession was likely due to an “overheated” economy. 

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Gas prices over $  7.00 a gallon are displayed at a Chevron gas station in Menlo Park, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA – MAY 25: Gas prices over $ 7.00 a gallon are displayed at a Chevron gas station in Menlo Park, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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