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Biden admin mulling sending masks to every American: WH chief of staff

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The administration of President Joe Biden is exploring the idea of sending face masks directly to every American after former President Donald Trump last year ditched a similar idea.

“We want to get this back on track,” White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain told NBC News anchor Lester Holt on Thursday. “We’re looking at what can be done to quickly do this with the mask supplies that we have. I hope in the next few days or next week, we can perhaps announce some progress on this.”

This news follows Biden signing executive orders on his first day as president mandating mask-wearing inside and on federal property. Biden has asked Americans in his first 100 days to wear masks in order to combat the spread of COVID-19 amid the slow but accelerating rollout of vaccines.

“This is part, overall, of a plan to try to get every American masked up in these first 100 days,” Klain added. “We’re going to do everything we can to make masks more available to people, to increase the supply of masks and, of course, get people to wear those masks.”

NBC News first reported early Thursday morning that Biden’s COVID-19 Response Team is considering shipping masks to every single American. The Trump administration last year scrapped a similar plan, according to the news outlet, opting rather to send masks to nonprofit organizations and states.

On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that “no decision has been made” on the idea and did not provide a cost estimate for the scheme. “Obviously, it would depend on how many people would be sent a mask,” she added.

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Chinese Spy Balloon: Tensions rise between the U.S. and China

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A strange object was spotted Wednesday over Billings Montana. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the strange object was, in fact, a Chinese spy balloon. According to a report from KPAX, a western Montana news outlet, the balloon had been on the governments radar for days.

On Friday, the Chinese government released a statement saying that the balloon spotted in Billings is a “civilian airship” that’s sole purpose is used to collect research on weather and that it had just blown off course. The balloon was not shot down by orders of the Pentagon due to the risk of falling debris injuring people on the ground.

Sara Carter, who has spoken frequently on the Chinese government’s threat and expansion to the West, stated on Twitter that the United States has failed to stop China from purchasing land near military installations, vital agricultural land, as well as, allowing Chinese linked companies, such as Huawei, to install technology in cellular towers. Those cellular towers are located in Montana, along side more than 150 ICBM nuclear silos.

China said, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.” Majeure meaning that it was out of there control. It blew off course due to limited “self-steering” capabilities according the Ministry. The ministry also stated that the balloon, “deviated far from its planned course.”

This incident is adding fuel to the fire of what is already a tense relationship between the worlds two largest economies. China already lays claim to approximately 80% of the South China Sea, and is seeking full control over Taiwan after assuming full control of Hong Kong. China’s belt and road initiative has invested copious amounts of money into building infrastructure in other countries and uses it as economic blackmail. China’s transportation of fentanyl into Mexico is yet again another example of how they are seeking to damage the US.

Is this just a weather ballon that blew off course? US officials at the White House seem to be unconvinced and will continue to monitor the balloon, as reported.

UPDATED: Statement from the Pentagon was jaw dropping when a reporter asked if the public has a right to know about Beijing’s balloon.

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is,” a DOD official responded.

 

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