Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently expressed his disapproval of President Joe Biden’s handling of the Chinese spy balloon incident in an exclusive interview with The Hill. Pompeo was critical of the President’s delay in ordering the destruction of the balloon, which floated across the continental United States. He questioned what information the balloon may have gathered and expressed his disappointment that the United States did not take action.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Biden administration "made an enormous mistake" that brought "global shame" to the United States with the takedowns of four objects flying over U.S. and Canadian air space since Feb. 4. https://t.co/dF2b753JGw pic.twitter.com/KDkyYs2kJb
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Pompeo asserted that shooting down the balloon could have caused debris to fall on those on the ground, prompting officials to wait until it floated over the Atlantic. He also denied any comparisons to similar incidents that occurred under former President Donald Trump.
The former Secretary of State’s comments reflect a growing sentiment among many Americans that the Biden administration has not taken a strong enough stance against China. In recent weeks, the Biden administration has been criticized for its lack of response to China’s military buildup in the South China Sea and its failure to impose sanctions on Chinese officials over human rights violations in Xinjiang.
The Biden administration has yet to respond to Pompeo’s criticism, but it is clear that the President is feeling pressure to take a tougher stance against China. As tensions between the two countries continue to escalate, it remains to be seen how the Biden administration will handle the situation and if it will be able to restore order and stability in the region.
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