Republican chides Blinken for not testifying in person about Afghanistan

Republican chides Blinken for not testifying in person about Afghanistan


Secretary of State Antony Blinken was criticized by a Republican congressman for testifying virtually on the Biden administration’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

Rep. Scott Perry, a Pennsylvania Republican, chastised Blinken as he testified via video call from the State Department building on Monday, blocks from where the physical hearing took place on Capitol Hill in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“Mr. Blinken , assuming it isn’t classified, can you tell us where you are today?” Perry said.

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“Yes, I’m at the State Department,” Blinken answered.

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“Oh, couldn’t be bothered to come down here and see Congress? All right, that’s great,” Perry said.

Blinken began explaining it was his understanding the House was “not in session.”

“I’m right here, Mr. Secretary, so is the chairman and ranking member,” Perry

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