Republicans assail Biden over handling of Chinese balloon

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Mr Marco Rubio, vice-chair of the Senate intelligence committee, criticised the US president for waiting so long to alert the public. Read more at

Mr Marco Rubio, vice-chair of the Senate intelligence committee, criticised the US president foras the alleged spy balloon made its “unprecedented” flight over America, saying this amounted to “dereliction of duty.”

And Representative Mike Turner, who chairs the House intelligence committee, used a football comparison in blasting Mr Biden for waiting to down the balloon.“Clearly the President taking it down over the Atlantic is ... sort of like tackling the quarterback after the game is over. The satellite had completed its mission. It should never have been allowed to enter the United States,” he said.

He stressed that the operation was carried out “in a very effective, excellent way”, without damage or injury on the ground.


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