Sen. James Risch grilled Secretary of State Antony Blinken about who at the White House cuts off President Biden when he is speaking — as most recently occurred in Idaho on Monday — during a Senate hearing on Tuesday to determine responsibility for the botched US military withdrawal in Afghanistan.
“We’ve all seen this. We saw it as recently as yesterday. Somebody in the White House has authority to press the button and stop the president, cut off the president’s speaking ability. So who is that person?” Risch (R-Idaho) pressed Blinken at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
“I think anyone who knows the president, including members of this committee, knows that he speaks very clearly and very deliberately for himself,” said Blinken, who was appearing in person on Tuesday after testifying virtually before a House panel on Monday.
But Risch, the top Republican on the Senate panel, continued to drill down.
“What are you saying? That