Republican lawmakers argued that the fact that a second object had to be shot down by the U.S. military on Friday is further proof that President Biden had not acted swiftly enough following the suspected Chinese spy balloon’s appearance.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby on Friday said that the Department of Defense brought down a “high altitude object” that was flying over Alaska within the “last 24 hours.” As he noted the object had been flying at 40,000 feet which could have potentially been a “threat to the safety of civilian flight.” He added that the President had been the one to order for the object to be shot down once it was “inside our territorial waters.” Finally, he did disclose that this flying object was of a much smaller size than the spy balloon which had been brought down on Saturday.
Republican Wyoming Sen. Cynthia Lummis, told Fox News Digital that the Chinese Communist party is not “trustworthy” and that following a second object being brought down, it has become clear that the invasion of the airspace was not accidental. He added that the U.S. also needed to defend the borders and airspace of the nation. He added that he would continue to keep an eye on the situation.
Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., similarly told Fox News Digital that while there was a lack of information right now it was clear that Biden’s foreign policy had so far failed to make the nation “weaker.”