Secretary of State Antony Blinken dodged a question from Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Monday regarding whether Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened President Joe Biden.
McCaul asked Blinken whether he pushed other countries in the region to allow the U.S. to be able to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations on Afghanistan based out of their countries.
“Did you negotiate with countries like Uzbekistan, or Tajikistan to put an ISR capability there?” McCaul asked. “And my last question, is it true that President Putin threatened the president United States, saying he could not build intelligence capabilities in the region?”
“This is an important question and one that in its detail and substance, I think we need to take up in another setting for reasons I know that you very much appreciate,” Blinken responded. He later claimed that the U.S. has the ability to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations without having U.S. forces on the