Top Senator: Biden Admin a 'Puppeteer Act' - 'We Need to Know Who’s in Charge'
Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee slams Joe Biden during hearing
During an explosive Senate hearing, top Republican Senator James Risch slammed Democrat Joe Biden's administration as a "puppeteer act" and demanded to know "who's calling the shots."
Sen. Risch (R-ID), the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the remarks during Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s hearing before the Committee regarding the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Risch blasted the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan as a “dismal failure.”
Risch referred to a situation from earlier this week when the White House seemed to cut Biden's live feed off as he appeared to go off-script during an event.
As Neon Nettle reported, Biden was at a round table at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise with federal and state officials to talk about the wildfires in Idaho.
Biden then veered away from his pre-prepared notes and claimed the fires are the result of climate change.
As Biden posed a question to George Geissler of the National Association of State Foresters, he was immediately cut from the live feed.
“Can I ask you a question?” Biden asked.
“Of course,” Geissler replied.
“One of the things that I’ve been working on with some others is —” Biden said before the feed was cut mid-sentence and replaced with a full-screen graphic that said, “Thank You For Joining.”
BIDEN: “Can I ask you a question?”— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 13, 2021
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Risch seemed to address the incident in his remarks before demanding to "know who's in charge."
"One of the things we need to get to the bottom of is who is responsible for this?" Risch said.
"Who made the decisions?”
"[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 said to Blinken and the rest of the Senate during the 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 later on, in a reference to the catastrophic withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
"The American people want to know who is responsible for this?”
"Ultimately, the president makes the decisions,” Blinken responded.
"As in every case, ultimately decisions that can only be decided by the president are decided by the president.”
Risch pushed back, discussing the event Monday when Biden’s feed was turned off.
"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 answered, saying that Biden “speaks very clearly and very deliberately for himself. No one else does.”
As Fox News previously pointed out, this isn’t the first situation where the White House has cut Biden’s feed.
The outlet noted, “Last month, the president’s audio feed was cut as he was about to respond to a reporter’s question on his administration’s military withdrawal deadline from Afghanistan.”
The White House also cut the feed of a virtual event in March after Biden said, “I’m happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do …”