The US military has no plans to shoot down an out -of-control Chinese rocket now hurtling towards Earth, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Thursday.
"We have the capability to do a lot of things, but we don't have a plan to shoot it down as we speak," Austin told journalists.
Pentagon experts expect the body of the Long March 5B rocket, which fell out of orbit after separating from Beijing's space station, to fall to the surface some time around Saturday or Sunday.
But exactly when and where it will land is still difficult to predict.
"We're hopeful that it will land in a place where it won't harm anyone. Hopefully in the ocean, or someplace like that," Austin said.
He suggested that the Chinese were negligent in letting the rocket body fall out of orbit.
"I think this speaks to the fact that, for those of us who operate in the space domain, there's a requirement, or should be a requirement to operate in a safe and thoughtful mode," said Austin.
There is a need to "make sure that we take those kinds of things into consideration as we plan and conduct operations" in space, he said.
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The Federal Election Commission is no longer investigating whether hush money payments to Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, violated election law.
"The FEC has formally dropped its case looking to Trump payments to Stephanie Clifford via Michael Cohen in 2016. The FEC Office of General Counsel had recommended further investigation," New York Times correspondent Shane Goldmacher reported Thursday.
NEW: The FEC has formally dropped its case looking to Trump payments to Stephanie Clifford via Michael Cohen in 201… https://t.co/VwMBpDu6EE— Shane Goldmacher (@Shane Goldmacher)1620336376.0
Here is the response letter from two of the Democratic commissioners: "The Commission therefore did not have enoug… https://t.co/xdUjkkoOVz— Shane Goldmacher (@Shane Goldmacher)1620336564.0
Summary of Cooksey and Trainor reasoning, from their letter: "In sum, the public record is complete with respect t… https://t.co/04ChzPAzny— Shane Goldmacher (@Shane Goldmacher)1620336727.0
On Thursday, The New York Times quoted Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the GOP's leading contender to take over as chair of the House Republican Conference, calling former President Donald Trump "the strongest supporter" of the Constitution.
This did not sit well with former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who took to Twitter to let loose an expletive-laden response.
Such utter bullshit @EliseStefanik. Donald Trump doesn’t know the first fucking thing about the Constitution. https://t.co/XgXREMu2h8— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1620335169.0
Walsh, who served one term in Congress as a staunch conservative lawmaker, turned into one of Trump's fiercest critics from the right, supporting the impeachment proceedings and even briefly running against him for the Republican nomination.
Stefanik is being positioned to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) who has been one of the most strident voices in the party seeking to hold Trump accountable for promoting lies and conspiracy theories about the presidential election.
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