GOP lawmakers are preparing to further investigate Biden’s administration’s perceived lack of protecting the country’s national security following the report that a suspected Chinese spy balloon flew over the U.S. for several days before eventually being brought down on Saturday.
So far, there have been no official probe announcements, but House Republicans are looking for ways to investigate the Biden administration and their decision to allow what was widely considered to be a Chinese aircraft to travel across the U.S. after breaching the country’s airspace.
President Biden has maintained that he gave the order for the balloon to be shot down during his initial briefing on Wednesday. However, military officials have claimed that the debris could have caused major damage in the surrounding areas and could have even led to people being injured or killed.
So far, the U.S. government has not disclosed whether or not they believe that the aircraft was indeed dangerous. However, following everything that occurred already the diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China have now been filled with tension.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), said that it was “deeply” concerning that the aircraft had potentially been allowed to spy and travel across the United States for days. In a statement, he also added that it was time for the government to take a side.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, similarly said that the Biden administration’s lack of fast action could have caused a “national security threat.”