Senator James Risch demands to know exactly who in the White House is in charge because President Biden is not the one “calling the shots.”
The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations met on Tuesday to question Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, which Risch called a “dismal failure,” and expressed that he believes Biden is not in charge.
“One of the things we need to get to the bottom of 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.”
The Senator referred to an example on Monday, when the White House abruptly cut the president’s feed mid-sentence during a question directed to George Geissler of the National Association of State Foresters.
“This is a puppeteer act, if you would, and we need to know who’s in charge and who is making decisions.” Risch stated at Tuesday’s hearing.
“There is not enough lipstick in the world to put on this pig to make it look any differently than what it actually is,” he said, in reference to the Afghanistan withdrawal. “The American people want to know who is responsible for this?”
“Ultimately, the president makes the decisions,” Blinken answered. “As is every case, ultimately decisions that can only be decided by the president are decided by the president.”
Risch referred back to Monday’s incident in which Biden was cut 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? Risch asked.
“There is no such person,” Blinken responded, adding that Biden “speaks very clearly and very deliberately for himself. No one else does.”
Questions swarm over who Biden’s handlers are when on many occasions the president indicated that he doesn’t get to decide when and where he’s allowed to take questions from the press.
Wednesday Biden finished his remarks in honor of labor unions by saying that he was “supposed to stop and walk out of the room” but he’d decided that he would stay around.
Biden has also commented “I’m not supposed to take any questions,” he’s also stated that he had been “instructed” to call on specific reporters, stating that “they gave me a list of people I’m going to call on,” and even said that he would “get in trouble” if he didn’t follow directions and stated that “I’d be happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do.”