Republican Senator Calls Biden White House ‘Puppet Work’
Sen. James Rich, R-Idaho claimed Tuesday that someone in the White House other than President Biden is “calling the shots.”
Risk made the remarks during a hearing by Secretary of State Antony Blinken before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan, which the senator called a “disappointing failure”.
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“One of the things we need to get to the bottom of is who is responsible for this? Who made the decisions?” Risk said. “[Biden] Can’t even speak in the White House without censoring or signing it.”
The senator cited an example Monday in which the White House abruptly ended a feed of Biden’s briefings on wildfires with federal and state officials, during a question to George Geisler of the National Association of State Foresters. – truncated from sentence.
“It’s puppet work, if you want, and we need to know who’s in charge and who’s making the decisions,” Risk said at Tuesday’s hearing.
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“There just isn’t enough lipstick in the world to put on this pig to make it look different than it really is,” he said at a later hearing, referring to Afghanistan’s withdrawal. “The American people want to know who is to blame?”
“Ultimately, the president makes the decision,” Blinken replied. “As in every case, ultimately decisions that can only be made by the President are made by the President.”
Risk again cited Monday’s incident in which Biden was cut mid-sentence.
“Anyone in the White House has the authority to press the button and stop the president, the president’s ability to speak and cut off the sound. Who is that person?” the senator asked.
“There is no such person,” Blinken replied, adding that Biden “speaks for himself very clearly and very deliberately. No one else does.”
Questions have been raised about who is Biden’s moderator, after several instances in which he implied that he did not set rules for when and where the press was allowed to take questions.
On Wednesday, he ended the remarks by saying out of respect for labor unions that they should “wait and leave the room” but decided to stop nonetheless.
Biden also said, “I shouldn’t take any questions,” admitting he was “instructed” to call specific reporters, declaring “he gave me a list of people I spoke to.” I’m going to do it,” he told reporters. He’ll “get in trouble” if he doesn’t follow orders and even said, “I’ll be happy to ask questions if I have to.”