President Joe Biden is facing a wave of criticism after deciding against shooting down a Chinese spy ballon that has reportedly been hovering over the country for days.
Officials have been tracking the high-altitude surveillance ballon since it entered U.S. airspace, according to Reuters. Biden chose against firing at the balloon, which was spotted over Montana on Wednesday and Thursday, after consulting with the nation’s top military brass.
“President Biden was briefed and he asked military to present options,” a senior administration official told Newsweek on Thursday. “It was the strong recommendation by [Secretary of Defense Lloyd] Austin, Chairman [of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark] Milley, the Commander of Northern Command, not to take kinetic action because of risk to safety and security of the people on the ground. President Biden took that recommendation.”
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