Breaking News occurred Friday when National Security Council spokesman John Kirby confirmed during a press conference that President Joe Biden had given the nod for the United States military to shoot down an ‘unidentified object’ roughly the size of a car flying over Alaska.
News kept coming for two more consecutive days of the same scenario. On Saturday, U.S. forces shot another object down over Canada airspace. on Sunday, as if it were groundhogs day, the U.S. military shot down a third suspicious object over Lake Huron, Michigan.
Republican lawmakers expressed concern and frustration with the Biden administration over multiple media outlets.
ADN America reports of Friday’s unidentified object:
The U.S. military shot down an unidentified object flying over Alaska on Friday, less than a week after the government shot down a Chinese surveillance balloon that had been traveling across the continental U.S.
The object, which was about the size of a small car, was shot down by an F-22 fighter jet using a Sidewinder missile off the coast of northeastern Alaska, according to the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson, U.S. Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder.
On Saturday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted about his collaboration with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
The White House also issued a statement, saying, “Earlier today, President Biden spoke with Prime Minister Trudeau on the unidentified, unmanned object in North American air space. The object was closely tracked and monitored by North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) over the last 24 hours and the president has been continually briefed by his national security team since the object was detected.”
I spoke with President Biden this afternoon. Canadian Forces will now recover and analyze the wreckage of the object. Thank you to NORAD for keeping the watch over North America.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 11, 2023
On Sunday, “US military has decommissioned another ‘object’ over Lake Huron,” Michigan Rep. Jack Bergman (R) tweeted. “I appreciate the decisive action by our fighter pilots. The American people deserve far more answers than we have.”
Just The News Reports:
Before Sunday the United States downed three objects within a week that were believed to be surveillance balloons.
Officials said the object shot down Sunday in the Midwest appeared shaped like an octagon with strings hanging from it. It was shot down out of the abundance of caution to ensure no civilian aircraft were endangered, officials said.
“They informed me that an F-16 using an AIM-9 missile had shot down an octagonal structure over Lake Huron. The altitude was about 20,000 feet,” Bergman, R-Mich., said in a phone interview aired by Fox News.
Republican Representative James Comer of Kentucky, also House Oversight chair, told ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday “China’s a problem, and this administration thus far hasn’t set a very good example of standing up to China…Shooting the balloon down in the Atlantic once it flew over all the military bases, including my own Fort Campbell, Kentucky, it’s very disturbing.”
Comer continued, “You know, Americans are outraged that China flew a balloon over the United States. Americans are outraged that China is trying to buy farmland. I think Americans would be outraged to know how much money the Biden family has taken in from China. And for what, we don’t exactly know. So this is something we’re concerned about.”
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that China knows America is weak, which is why it is sending balloons over the country at this time.
“They see, as well as sense weakness in America right now,” he said. “President Biden, he’s detached from reality. He’s delusional. … The fact that he doesn’t acknowledge that what is happening right now is alarming and puts our nation in peril is itself alarming. We don’t exactly have the A-team in place right now.”
“I would prefer them to be trigger-happy than to be permissive. But we’re going to have to see whether or not this is just the administration trying to change headlines. But what I think this shows, which is probably more important to our policy discussion here, is that we really have to declare that we’re going to defend our airspace,” Turner, an Ohio Republican, said.
He also criticized the Biden administration for not briefing lawmakers in person.
“This is particularly annoying about this administration. The Biden administration needs to stop briefing Congress through our television sets and actually come and sit down and brief us,” he said.
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