During Tuesday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing with Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) expressed suspicion that someone at the White House has been cutting off audio when President Joe Biden is speaking.
During his line of questioning, Risch, the ranking member of the committee, asked Blinken about who was calling the shots surrounding the Afghan withdrawal. This led to Risch, who said he’s “more interested in the top decision-making,” to ask the nation’s top diplomat that “as recently as yesterday, somebody in the White House has authority to press the button and cut off the president’s speaking ability and sound. Who is that person?”
Blinken laughed and said, “I think anybody who knows the president, including members