US military has shot down the Chinese spy balloon at the order of President Biden
The US military has shot down the alleged Chinese surveillance balloon over the Atlantic Ocean off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States at the order of President Joe Biden, a US official said Saturday.
On Saturday, President Joe Biden said that he ordered U.S. officials to shoot down the suspected Chinese spy balloon earlier this week and that national security leaders decided the best time for the operation was when it got over water.
Biden says he ordered the Chinese spy balloon be shot down the instant he was briefed of it but was overruled by Gen. Mark Milley. pic.twitter.com/yx30vT4kPM
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US fighter jets shot down the giant balloon off the coast of Carolina after it traversed sensitive military sites in North America. The suspected spy balloon was first spotted in the sky over Montana earlier in the week and traveled across the middle of the country following weather patterns before it exited the continental United States on Saturday.
The US military has shot down the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon over the Atlantic Ocean off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, a US official said Saturday.
Before being shot down, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had issued a ground stop for airports in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Charleston and Myrtle Beach South Carolina. The FAA also restricted airspace near Myrtle Beach “to support the Defense Department in a national security effort.”
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