Sen. James Risch tore into Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a hearing on the Afghanistan failure on Tuesday about who has been cutting off President Joe Biden’s microphone when he’s speaking publicly.
The Idaho Republican, who is the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, grilled Blinken on the matter during a line of questioning about who is actually in charge, whether it’s the president or somebody else who is making decisions for him.
“Look, 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 and sound. Who is that person?”
“Hah, I think anyone who knows the president including members of this committee knows that he speaks very clearly and very deliberately for himself. No one else does,” Blinken said, despite endless clips and reporting showing the Biden gaffe machine going off-script, making up