Senators will get a confidential briefing on the three unexplained objects that the U.
S. military recently shot down over Alaska, Canada, and Lake Huron at 10 a.m. Tuesday. This comes after legislators voiced their dissatisfaction with the Biden administration’s lack of information.
The meeting for all senators comes after they were given a secret briefing last week by high-ranking administration officials about the Chinese surveillance balloon that flew across the country before being shot down off the coast of South Carolina.
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Shortly after the Senate’s Monday session began, Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced the scheduled briefing. On Wednesday, senators will also be briefed on the growing danger presented by China.
The senators will be briefed tomorrow on what is known and unknown about the origins of these items and any risks they may represent to the United States, he added. The origin and launcher of the strange objects that were shot down on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are still unknown to lawmakers.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) remarked on the Senate floor on Monday that the government “has still not been able to reveal any substantial information about what was shot down.”
“What on earth is happening? Has the Biden administration turned our radars’ sensitivity all the way up?
If so, what specific things are we only now becoming aware of? ” he questioned. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark. ), a powerful senator and chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, urged Biden to clarify what American fighter jets had destroyed.
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In a statement, he claimed that the president “owes the American people an explanation, straight and on camera, of what we know about these ‘objects’ and what actions he’s doing to preserve America’s sovereign airspace.”
In a moment of crisis, “no commander-in-chief should hide behind press secretaries and unknown sources,” he remarked. John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council, told reporters on Monday that security personnel is still unsure of the owners of the objects that have been shot down recently.