Republican senator James Risch has grilled Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, over claims that someone in the White House has the authority to cut off Joe Biden‘s microphone when he spoke. However, Antony Blinken chuckled at the senator’s questioning, denying the conspiracy theory. The grilling came after the House abruptly cut off the President mid-sentence during a wildfire briefing in Idaho last week.
James Risch is seen asking Antony Blinken: “Somebody in the White House has authority to press the button, and cut off the President’s speaking ability.
“Who is that person?”
Antony Blinken chuckled and said: “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.”
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The senator pressed on: “But are you saying that there’s no one in the White House that can cut him off because it’s happened a number of times before that.
“It’s been widely reported that somebody has the ability to push the button and cut off his sound and stop him from speaking.
“Who is that person?”
The Secretary of State replied: “There’s no such person.
“The President speaks for himself, makes all of the strategic decisions, informed by the best advice that he can get from the people around.”
Mr Risch continued: “So are you aware that this is actually happening because it happened National Interagency Fire Center.
“It was widely reported, the media is reporting on it, and it’s not the first time it’s happened.
“It’s happened several times.
“Are you telling this, are you telling this committee that this does not happen, that there’s no one in the White House who pushes the button and cuts him off in mid sentence?”
Mr Blinken replied: “That’s correct.”
The Senator then tried a different approach.
He said: “Well let’s take a different attack.
“He does speak for himself but what happens when somebody doesn’t want him speaking?
“You’re telling us you don’t know anything about this that somebody cuts him off in mid sentence, is that what you’re trying to tell this committee? Because everybody here has seen it.”
Mr Blinken replied: “Senator, I’m telling you, based on my own experience with the President over the last 20 years, anyone who tried to stop him from saying what he wanted to say, speaking his mind, would probably not be long for their, their job.”
The Senator was then silent.