Joe Wilson demands Biden and Harris resign over Chinese balloon

 February 6, 2023

House Armed Services Committee member Joe Wilson (R-SC) is demanding that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris resign over their handling of a Chinese spy balloon that they allowed to fly over military installations and didn't shoot down until it reached the Atlantic Ocean.

"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."

Responding to critics who said that the resignations would be a way to get a Republican president, Wilson pointed out that this would not have been the case in 2021 when he first called for their resignations over the handling of the Afghan withdrawal.

"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," he added.

Republicans called Biden handling of balloon weak

Wilson also said that the duo's "open border policies" added to the reasons for their resignation.

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

Other Republicans were also critical of the administration's actions with the balloon, characterizing it as weak.

"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," Rep. Russell Fry (R-SC) said.

Talking Biden down

According to sources, Biden wanted to shoot down the balloon on Wednesday, a few days after it was detected and the first day that news about it broke, but military commanders thought the debris might endanger people on the ground and advised him to wait.

"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," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement.

Of course, this took place after the administration tried to keep the balloon a secret because of a planned trip by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to China.

The administration was forced to postpone the trip when the balloon was sighted over Montana, where it hovered over military installations for an extended period of time.

China warns of "further actions"

China said that shooting down the balloon was an overreaction and warned that it could take "further actions" to protect its interests.

It claimed that the balloon was just a runaway weather balloon, but the Pentagon said it was confirmed to be a surveillance device and that it prevented the device from gathering intelligence as it flew.

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