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Rubio accuses Biden of 'dereliction of duty' for not disclosing military intel ahead of balloon incident
The suspected Chinese spy balloon was shot down over the Atlantic Ocean by the U.S. military on Saturday, in a measured response that weighed the risk of danger to people and towns below if it was shot down above the continental United States. But that was not good enough for some members of Congress.
On CNN's "SOTU" Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) attacked President Joe Biden for allowing the balloon to enter U.S. airspace in the first place — even though it entered through Canadian airspace and there was no opportunity to shoot it down beforehand, and even though it happened three times under the Trump administration without serious public notice — and suggested the president should have divulged military intelligence ahead of its arrival.
"China knew this was going to be spotted, they flew it over military installations and sensitive sites right across the middle," said Rubio. "Look at the flight path, a diagonal shot through the middle of the continental United States. The message embedded in this is, we can fly a balloon over the airspace of the United States of America and they don't do anything to stop us."
"Your colleague and friend, Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina, accused President Biden of, quote, 'dereliction of duty' by allowing the Chinese spy balloon to fly across the U.S.," said anchor Jake Tapper. "That's a pretty strong accusation. Do you agree with it?"
"Well, I think the dereliction of duty begins with this, why not Tuesday or Wednesday — you know people are going to see it," said Rubio. "They didn't want to have their hand forced on canceling the Blinken visit so they didn't want to have to talk about it. Why didn't the president go on television and basically explain what we're dealing with here and why he's made the decisions he's making and what they intend to do? Once they went public with it, knowing the amount of interest this was going to generate, presidents have the ability to go before a camera, go before the nation and basically explain these things early on. His failure to do so, I don't understand that. I don't understand why he wouldn't do that. That is the beginning of dereliction of duty."
"The second is, you have to act swiftly on these things," added Rubio. "I think that's part of one of the things the Chinese are trying to message, and that is the U.S. had to see this coming and decided they couldn't or wouldn't do anything about it early on and had to wait until this thing went across the middle of the country. What are we going to do the next time? Allow it to fly through again and shoot it down once it gets to the East Coast?"
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Fox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy suggested that "treasonous" farmers and real estate agents are selling land to China.
Just hours after the U.S. military disabled a possible Chinese spy balloon, Campos-Duffy floated her theory to retired Lt. Gen. Richard Newton.
"That balloon went over our heartland, and we know that China is gobbling up farmland," the Fox News host opined. "They're trying to corner, in some ways, our food supply as well."
Newton agreed that he was "very concerned" about the situation.
"We now know that this is our geopolitical enemy; this is our economic enemy, the Chinese," Campos-Duffy added. "Whoever is working with the Chinese government to sell our farmland near our bases — I don't know if those are investment firms or real estate agents."
"I don't know who is providing cover for the communist party in Chinese," she continued. "That's treasonous, and we ought to be treating people who do business with the Chinese in ways that damage our country and our national security; we ought to treat them as such."
Treason is punishable by the death penalty under U.S. law.
ABC host Jonathan Karl reminded Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) that former President Donald Trump had failed to notify Americans on at least three occasions when Chinese balloons entered the country's airspace.
During an interview on ABC, Karl asked Rubio if President Joe Biden should have gone against the advice of the U.S. military and instead shot the balloon down over populated land.
Rubio agreed that the debris could have "hurt, harmed or killed people."
"If that was the case, then I think it really would have been helpful for the president of the United States to get on national television and explain to the American people, this is what we're dealing with, this is what I'm going to do about it, and this is why I haven't done it yet. None of that happened. And I don't know why. I don't know why they waited so long to tell people about this."
But Karl pointed out that Trump had failed to disclose similar incidents at least three times.
"This happened three times under the previous president," the host said. "Obviously, there were no public notifications there."