Secretary of State Antony Blinken expertly shut down Idaho Senator Jim Risch when he asked who in the White House has the power to "push the button" and shut off President Biden's mic. The exchange occurred during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where Risch insisted that someone had cut off the president's microphone during a press conference.
"Look, we've all seen this; we saw it as recently as yesterday. Somebody in the White House has the authority to press the button and [...] cut off the president's speaking ability and sound. Who is that person?"
Blinken replied while appearing to try not to laugh:
"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."
"There is—there is no such person."
Again, the president speaks for himself. [He] makes all of his strategic decisions informed by the best advice he can get from the people around him."
View the exchange between Blinken and Risch below:
Quite the demonstration of how the poison of right-wing lies gets spread from bonkers conspiracy theory to Fox News feeding frenzy all the way up to being validated by a U.S. Senator.