Senator demands to know ‘who is in charge’ after Biden cut off mid-sentence
Sen. James Risch (R-ID) wants to know who is really “calling the shots” in the White House. Risch addressed his concerns on Tuesday during Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations regarding the controversial US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“One of the things we need to get to the bottom to is who is responsible for this? Who made the decisions?” Risch said. “[Biden] can’t even speak without someone in the White House censoring it or signing off on it.”
“This is a puppeteer act, if you would, and we need to know who’s in charge and who is making the decisions.”
Risch referred to an incident on Monday where the White House abruptly ended the feed of President Joe Biden’s briefing on wildfires, cutting him off mid-sentence.
“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?” the senator said Tuesday.
“There is no such person,” Blinken responded. He added that the president “speaks very clearly and very deliberately for himself. No one else does.”
This isn’t the first time questions were raised about Biden potentially answering to someone else. During a speech last week, Biden referenced orders he was “supposed” to follow.
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