by Henry Rodgers
Republican Idaho Sen. James Risch grilled Secretary of State Antony Blinken during Tuesday’s hearing about who is “in charge” of President Joe Biden at the White House and specifically asked who has the authority to “push the button” and cut off Biden’s microphone.
“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 Blinked during the hearing.
“There is no such person,” Blinken responded, saying Biden “speaks very clearly and very deliberately for himself. No one else does.”
“This is a puppeteer act, if you would, and we need to know who’s in charge and who is making the decisions,” Risch said.