As he wrapped up a gathering on cybersecurity within the State Eating Room, Biden dismissed the press as they continued to ask questions. Nevertheless, he appeared to reply one reporter’s question earlier than leaving.
NBC’s Peter Alexander requested, “If People are nonetheless in Afghanistan after the deadline what’s going to you do?”
The White Home then proceeded to chop off the audio feed from Biden’s response. It was unclear if the maneuver was coincidental or performed to forestall feed viewers from listening to any off-the-cuff feedback.
Alexander later confirmed the alternate and famous Biden answered, “You’ll be the primary particular person I name.”
He tweeted “I requested President Biden what he’ll do if People are nonetheless in Afghanistan after the 8/31 deadline. His response: ‘You’ll be the primary particular person I name.’ Took no questions.”
Different reporters on the scene confirmed the alternate together with Day by day Caller correspondent Shelby Talcott, Breitbart correspondent Charlie Spiering, and Voice of America’s Steve Herman.
Republicans accused the White Home of attempting to guard the president.
Former Mitch McConnell chief of workers Josh Holmes tweeted, “The White Home cuts the President’s microphone. Fairly exceptional.”
Republican communicator Matt Whitlock tweeted, “Oh my gosh they lower the President’s microphone so no one may hear him reply. That is how apprehensive this White Home is about Biden answering questions on Afghanistan.”
Others decried what appeared like a callous response from the president.
Biden has confronted intense criticism for the Taliban’s latest takeover of Afghanistan following his elimination of U.S. troops, and he is continually dodged questions relating to efforts to rescue stranded People within the nation.