On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-OH) confronted Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Afghanistan, which the senator called a “dismal failure.”
“One of the things we need to get to the bottom to 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.”
As reported by Fox News, “the senator cited an instance Monday in which the White House abruptly ended the feed of Biden’s briefing on wildfires with federal and state officials, cutting him off mid-sentence during a question 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 the decisions,” Senator Risch said.
“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?” the senator asked.
“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 also said, referring to the Afghanistan withdrawal. “The American people want to know who is responsible for this?”
“Ultimately, the president makes the decisions,” Blinken replied. “As in every case, ultimately decisions that can only be decided by the president are decided by the president.”
Risch again pointed to Monday’s incident where the White House feed cut off Biden in mid-sentence.
“There is no such person,” Blinken answered, adding that Biden “speaks very clearly and very deliberately for himself. No one else does.” This is a lie of such gargantuan proportions, it doesn’t warrant a serious response.
The senator was referring to the White House feed getting cut at a serendipitous moment for the president on Monday. But it was not the only such instance.
BIDEN: “Can I ask you a question?”
*White House feed cuts out” pic.twitter.com/YQ9I9u3r98
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 13, 2021
Biden in this clip is speaking sluggishly and his thoughts appear to be wandering when the feed cuts. Convenient for a president who didn’t even hold a press conference for the first few months of his presidency.
But there is a much more concerning incident from late August, when the president made an outrageous ‘joke’ that was not caught on the White House feed.
President Joe Biden was asked to address the press regarding Americans trapped in Afghanistan due to his disastrous abrupt military pullout. His reaction was entirely inappropriate. (In fact, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki didn’t even try to defend it when asked about it.)
When asked by a reporter about the emergency situation, the Commander-in-Chief smirked and then the White House feed cuts out.
“So, ultimately we’ve got a lot of of work to do, and thank you all very much and thanks to the press for being here,” Biden said. We’ll go private now.”
“Mr. President, if Americans are still in Afghanistan after the deadline, what will you do?” he was asked. “Sir, what will you do if Americans are still there after the deadline?”
The White House feed went blank. It looked like there was no video of the incident, but a reporter in on the closed pool briefing got more information about the president’s response.
I asked President Biden what he will do if Americans are still in Afghanistan after the 8/31 deadline.
His response: “You’ll be the first person I call.”
Took no questions. pic.twitter.com/MlyFIayrMZ
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) August 25, 2021
“I asked President Biden what he will do if Americans are still in Afghanistan after the 8/31 deadline,” NBC Chief White House correspondent Peter Alexander reported on Twitter.
“His response: ‘You’ll be the first person I call.’ Took no questions,” Alexander said, implying this flippant response did not answer his question.
On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump said Biden was “worse than Obama” then implied that he was not running the show in his own administration.
“He’s worse than Obama,” Trump said. “Of course, Obama is probably running the government now, anyway, according to many,” he said in an interview with Newsmax.
In early September, President Biden continued his record of making comments that imply that he is not in charge of his presidency.
“Now, I am supposed to stop and walk out of the room here,” Biden said. “I am going to stop, and with your permission, I am going to walk into the room and say hello.”
In June, Biden made a remark about ‘getting in trouble’ at a summit between the European Union and the United States:
“I’m going to get in trouble.”
Biden confuses himself while reading notes at EU-US summit. This is just *embarrassing.* Watch:🔻 pic.twitter.com/Z0qoW6aqaZ
— Becker News (@NewsBecker) June 15, 2021
“And uhh, I’ve said before and I apologize for the confusion,” he said. “Oh, I didn’t… that’s my national security adviser,” he added while pointing to the side.
“We’ve got a lot of people here, I apologize,” Biden continued. “I’m going to get in trouble, but… anyway, we’ll get back to that.”
In April, Biden took a question from a reporter about sending vaccines to India and he gave a similar response.
“Will you make it faster for them to get the vaccine, the vaccines we will get soon?” a reporter asked.
“Say it again?” Biden asked.
“India. They are suffering at this moment.”
“I am sorry. Just… last question I will take,” Biden replied. “I’m really going to be in trouble,” he added.
Biden made the same allusion to getting in “trouble” at the G7 summit in response to Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg News trying to ask a question.
“I’m sorry, I’m going to get in trouble with staff if I don’t do this the right way,” Biden said in regards to answering a question from someone that was not on his pre-planned list of reporters to call on.
The lamestream media, such as CNN, can continue to spin it however they like: Biden is in mental decline and he answers to other people who make sure the he doesn’t get in “trouble.” The “puppeteer act” is an obvious one, and the American people deserve answers about who is actually in charge of their government.