One of the most stunning moments during today’s historic summit between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin came during Putin’s press conference. ABC News’ Congressional Correspondent Rachel Scott asked a pointed question — two, actually — that seemed to actually unsettle Putin due to its bluntness.
My question to Mr. Putin today: What are you so afraid of? https://t.co/RPge8AonUu
— Rachel Scott (@rachelvscott) June 16, 2021
“What are you so afraid of?”
That six-word question was enough to make Scott the talk of Twitter Wednesday afternoon as people applauded her directness in challenging the Russian leader.
And this is why she’s trending NATIONALLY.
Rachel Scott is a FORCE. 💪🏾 https://t.co/ceVxblwP6G
— Aaron Thomas (@WRALAaron) June 16, 2021
Give this woman a medal.
ABC reporter to Putin, after noting how many political opponents he’s killed:
“So my question, Mr. President, what are you so afraid of?” pic.twitter.com/0G2SwOnv7n
— John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈 (@aravosis) June 16, 2021
It is not often a reporter’s question becomes the most memorable moment of a U.S.-Russia summit. But ABC News’s Rachel Scott, in her grilling Putin, showed the strength of confident democracies over defensive autocracies and the majesty of a free press: https://t.co/eKYbSmswaG
— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) June 16, 2021
Scott’s ABC News colleague Jonathan Karl also praised his colleague for challenging Putin.
Rachel Scott! https://t.co/3JRGBf1UCO
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) June 16, 2021
Scott began her career with ABC in 2016, moving up quickly in the ranks. She spent the past few years covering the Trump White House as well as major national stories like Hurricane Irma and the deadly tornadoes that ravaged Alabama in 2019.