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Republicans Demand Biden, Harris Resign After ‘Catastrophic Spy Balloon’

"It is clear that standard protocol for defense of U.S. airspace was ignored."

Republicans Demand Biden, Harris Resign After 'Catastrophic Spy Balloon' - SurgeZirc SA
Republicans Demand Biden, Harris Resign After ‘Catastrophic Spy Balloon’.

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said Saturday that the Chinese spy balloon saga proved that both President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris should resign.

Wilson’s calls for Biden and Harris to resign came just hours after a Chinese spy balloon was shot down off the coast of Wilson’s home state of South Carolina by a US fighter jet.

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Over the previous seven days, the unmanned surveillance aircraft had flown from Alaska through Canada before entering the continental United States and travelling from Idaho to the East Coast.

“The catastrophic Chinese Spy Balloon spectacle clearly threatened American families from Alaska to my home community in South Carolina and confirms President Biden and Vice President Harris should resign,” Wilson said in a tweet.

“My call for their resignation was valid in August 2021 due to the surrender and disastrous withdrawal in Afghanistan, creating a safe haven for terrorists to attack American families.”

“It was not political in 2021, when the succeeding President, then Speaker Nancy Pelosi, would have been a Democrat, or now in 2023 with Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican.

“It is irrelevant for American families which party is in power because the first criteria of a leader should be their capability regardless of party, and sadly Biden and Harris are failures,” the South Carolina lawmaker added.

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Wilson went on to say that Biden and Harris should resign because their “open border policies” have weakened the national security of the United States.

He continued, “When the domestic attack occurs, Biden and Harris will not be able to adequately respond. Credible leadership is imperative to protect American families.”

In addition to Wilson, several Republican lawmakers have slammed the Biden administration in recent days and after the balloon was shot down on Saturday, labelling the president’s response as inadequate.

Speaking to Fox News, Rep. Russell Fry, another South Carolina Republican said, “Why was this allowed to go clear across the country for so many days? You know you look at this, national security is one of the biggest things that any country can do. It is a core function of government.”

“It is clear that standard protocol for defense of U.S. airspace was ignored,” said Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“If press reports are correct, the Biden Administration hoped to hide this incident from the American people from the start. The White House owes Congress and the American people answers about this failure, and I intend to get those answers without delay.”

Biden told reporters after the balloon was shot down Saturday that he had ordered the Pentagon to shoot it down “as soon as possible” on Wednesday.

They had delayed because they were concerned that the balloon’s debris would cause serious damage if it fell near a populated area.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement, “After careful analysis, U.S. military commanders had determined downing the balloon while over land posed an undue risk to people across a wide area due to the size and altitude of the balloon and its surveillance payload.

“In accordance with the President’s direction, the Department of Defense developed options to take down the balloon safely over our territorial waters, while closely monitoring its path and intelligence collection activities.”

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Elize Coetzee, a seasoned journalist, is the driving force behind SurgeZirc SA’s world news and world politics coverage. With an unwavering commitment to truth, Elize delves into global affairs, providing live updates, in-depth investigations, and thought-provoking analysis. Whether it’s geopolitical tensions, international diplomacy, or breaking stories, Elize’s incisive reporting keeps readers informed and engaged.
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