Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch grilled Secretary of State Antony Blinken about who in the White House has the authority to “press the button” to silence President Joe Biden in a strange exchange during a Senate hearing that was supposed to be about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
“Somebody in the White House has authority to press the button and stop the president — cut off the president’s speaking ability and sound,” said Risch, ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “Who is that person?”
“I think anyone who knows the president, including members of this committee, knows that he speaks very clearly and very deliberately for himself,” Blinken responded.
“Well, are you saying that there is no one in the White House that can cut him off? Because yesterday, that happened, and it’s happened a number of times