Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) pressed officials to provide more information in a secret briefing after questioning the military’s choice to shoot down an alleged Chinese spy balloon that flew over the United States last week.
Rubio also expressed his curiosity as to why the Biden administration and military authorities did not shoot down the balloon after it was first spotted. Rubio is a recipient of highly sensitive information briefings from the executive branch.
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“I would be interested to learn from military leaders why this was not resolved sooner. What choice did we have at that time? On Sunday, Rubio fielded the question on ABC’s “This Week.” Maybe in a personal meeting or with the benefit of hindsight, they’ll have some really strong arguments against it.
Marco Rubio said on CNN that Chinese spy balloons are not a new thing, they have been around for years. What is unprecedented is that it flew over our sensitive military airspace, and the entire continental US—which has never happened before.
— Sararose 🇺🇸🌹 (@saras76) February 5, 2023
Republicans like Marco Rubio and others have criticized the Biden administration for failing to take the balloon seriously enough, they believe. After the balloon hit the water off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday, the US military shot it down.
On Sunday, Rubio again questioned why the administration, including Biden, had not been more open with the public about plans to address the balloons.
According to Rubio, the President of the United States should have gone on national television and explained to the American people what the situation is, what he plans to do about it and why he has not yet acted. “None of that happened, and I don’t know why.”
CNN asks Marco Rubio why Chinese balloon flights are worse under Biden than Trump. 🥴🥴🥴 pic.twitter.com/VpcdNBgLNc
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Rubio insisted that China was trying to use the balloon to send a message to the world about America’s vulnerability, contrary to defense officials’ claims that it was used for espionage.
They wanted the whole world to witness it. That we’re not going to be able to stop them from sending a balloon up 60,000 feet over American airspace and military installations,” Rubio added. Last but not least, if we shoot it down, they’ll say, ‘See how they react to a weather balloon.’ Which, obviously, is not the case.
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