Alaska Rep. Don YoungDon YoungOur National Forests weren't designed just for timber Big Oil makes a push for risky and reckless Arctic drilling House bill would up Fish and Wildlife funding by .3B MORE (R) apologized on Thursday for grabbing a staffer while trying to enter a GOP conference meeting that was in progress.
Young, in a statement released by his office, said he should have "never placed my hands on the young man."
An NBC producer captured the incident on a short Vine video that shows the staffer expressing shock and apparent pain after Young grabs his left wrist.
“While returning to the GOP conference meeting to discuss the ongoing situation on our southern border, I was caught off guard by an unidentified individual who physically blocked me from reentering the room," Young said in a statement. "Regardless, my reaction was wrong and I should have never placed my hands on the young man."
Young's office told a local news outlet that the staffer was directing members where to enter. The staffer does not work for Young.
According to reports, the staffer was advising the congressman to use another door because the GOP meeting was already in progress.