Republican Senator James Risch of Idaho has engaged in a bizarre exchange with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken about whether anyone in the Biden administration has a button to mute the president’s microphone when speaking.
Mr Risch, who is the most senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said someone in the White House had the power to press a button and mute the president’s microphone.
Mr. Blinken, who was testifying about the US exit from Afghanistan, appeared to laugh upon hearing the question.
“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,” he said. Mr Blinken said.
Mr Risch responded by saying that he had seen this happen on Monday and it had happened several times before, which even sparked media reports.
“It has been widely reported that someone has the ability to press the button and mute their sound preventing them from speaking,” he said. “Who is this person?”
The Republican added that this happened no later than Monday when Mr. Biden spoke at Mr. Risch’s Idaho State Interagency Fire Center.
“Are you telling this committee that this is not happening?” That there’s no one in the White House who pushes a button and cuts it off in the middle of a sentence, ”he asked.
Mr. Blinken repeated what he said during his testimony.
“Senator, I really do not know what you are referring to,” Mr Blinken said.
The plot made headlines hours before when Biden appeared to be cut off during a wildfire briefing.
During a visit to Boise, Mr Biden said he wanted to learn more about George Geissler of the National Association of State Foresters.
“Can I ask you a question?” asked Mr. Biden.
“Of course,” replied Mr. Geissler.
“One of the things I have worked on with others is …” the president was heard to say, before the broadcast was cut off in the middle of a sentence.
A clip shared by the Republican National Committee’s research arm on Twitter showed that the live broadcast ended abruptly with a “Thank you for joining” message.
This is not the first time the White House has been accused of editing the president halfway through.
A report of Politics Earlier this month, White House officials said that “when Mr. Biden makes public remarks, some staff members mute him or turn off his remarks.”
Staff would be nervous about the President’s impromptu remarks.
“I know people who don’t usually watch it live for this reason,” an official told the website.
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